The Purple Heart medal is awarded

to members of the armed forces who

have been wounded during combat.

Over 1.8 million Purple Heart Medals

have been awarded. Four veterans in

our community were recently honored

as recipients of Purple Heart Medals.

Terry Bloomer

Terry Bloomer was born on Dec.

11, 1948. Mr. Bloomer entered the

United States Marine Corps on May

1, 1967, and was sent to Vietnam


where he served as a Lance Corporal

in 1967-69, with three tours of duty.

He served with “C” Co., 3rd Battalion,

3rd Marines in I Corps. Mr. Bloomer

was assigned to a M1-48A3 tank as

a loader, driver, and gunner. He was

wounded in action from enemy fire

and awarded the Purple Heart. He was

in the Con Thien (Hill of Angels) area

in Vietnam which was near the DMZ

and only 3km from the North Vietnam


Mr. Bloomer was awarded several


BEACONyears | PUBLISHED MONTHLY SINCE 1994 | November 2019

Community honors Purple Heart Recipients

medals: National Defense Medal,

Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam

Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon,

Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with

Palm, Marine Corps Good Conduct

Medal, and the Purple Heart.

Mr. Bloomer was discharged on

Mar. 13, 1970. He is a member of the

Scottish Rite and Masons as well as

the VFW and Southeastern Indiana

Vietnam Veterans of America Lary D.

Fogle Post 71 in Aurora.

Continued on page 3A

Flying in a B-17

A rare opportunity to share

in the experience. Page 11A

Aurora Bicentennial

The once-in-a-lifetime event

bonded a community with the

LST visit, veteran honors, volunteer

efforts, and fireworks. (Photo

by David Schwegman) Page 6B



Monday, Nov. 11

Ceremonies honoring military veterans

will take place throughout

our community. Be sure to attend

and honor our veterans.





Permit No. 9714

A Trip of Honor

Mike and Julie Cassini from Aurora. Julie

served in the Navy.

Veterans throughout the

community recently travelled

to Washington, D.C. The trip

included visits to the Iwo Jima/

Marine Corps Memorial and

Arlington Cemetery for the wreath


Korean War veteran

Tom DeWees.

Kathy Henry from


Roger Rullman, a lifetime

resident of Aurora, served

in the army in the Korean


Rising Sun resident

Ralph Cole, a Korean war

veteran, is in the Rising

Sun, KWVA, and Lawrenceburg

color guards.




Election Day is Nov. 5. Leadership

for many municipalities in southeast

Indiana will be determined. As voters

experienced during the May primaries,

voting has entered a new age of


The voting process has been made

easier. The new procedure takes precautions

to protect a voter’s identity

while implementing checks and balances

to ensure voting accuracy. In the

past, a voter had to go to one of fortythree

places to which they were assigned.

Under the new process, a voter

can vote at any one of the four voting

centers that is convenient for him or

her that day. The voting centers are:

• Tate St. Firehouse in Lawrenceburg

• Greendale Cabin

• Aurora Park Pavilion

• West Harrison Town Hall

Any registered voter within city

limits is permitted to vote at any one of

these four locations. All locations will

have all voter and candidate information.

Upon entering a polling location, the

bar code on a voter’s driver’s license

will be scanned to determine in which

precinct they are registered based

upon their address. The voter will be

given a card that has another bar code

imprinted on it and will be guided to a

voting machine. After completing the

ballot, the voter will receive a printout

to review to ensure accuracy.

See list of offices to be filled on Page 3A.

Hillforest- Our National Historic Landmark

Hillforest Mansion in all of her glory! (Photo courtesy of


By Maureen Stenger

Emanating regality and beauty with a sweeping view

of the Ohio River, Hillforest Mansion is a timeless treasure

that we are fortunate to have right here in the city of

Aurora. If you have not been there, you are surely missing

out. My fortune came on a warm September afternoon as

I stood looking up in awe of this magnificent timepiece,

I could hardly wait to step foot inside! Suzanne Ullrich

kindly welcomed me into the vestibule in full period dress;

she would serve as my guide and prove to be a wealth of

knowledge. Once inside, all things 2019 were forgotten as

the mid-nineteenth century came roaring back.

Hillforest Mansion came to life in 1853 when building

began. Two years were needed to complete the home.

Hillforest was home to Thomas and Sarah Gaff who resided

there from 1855 until 1891. The mansion was in the Gaff

family until 1926.

Thomas Gaff was born in Scotland in 1808. His family

immigrated to the United States when he was just three

years old. His family buried one child in Scotland and three

more once they came to the states. In 1837 the Gaff siblings

were living in Philadelphia, but depression hit, resulting

in hard times. The three Gaff brothers, Thomas, John, and

James, sold their businesses. James Gaff was the first sibling

to come to Aurora. The belief is the family was lured

here by the river and lower taxes.

Thomas Gaff arrived in Aurora in 1843 with his family,

widowed mother, and three sisters. John followed in

Continued on page 4A


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No excuses

I am very lucky to own

horses. No explanation needed

if you ride. My horses are

the best therapy in the world.

They give great hugs and are

highly intelligent.

Two things about ridingone,

your training is never

finished. You can always

improve, and a good trainer

is worth his or her weight in


Two, you meet the most

amazing people.

I recently had a lesson on

a Percheron. One of those

really big horses that knights

used to ride. Yes, the ground

is way down there when you

are sitting atop of one of these

magnificent creatures. And

their hooves are REALLY

big! Each

time I

ride a new

horse, it

teaches me




hand coordination,

communication. The Percheron

was yet another great

teacher. But my lesson that

day was so much more than

a lesson about riding. The

deeper lesson came from the

person in the lesson with me.

Her name is Christy, and she

has forever changed my life.

Christy is thirty-seven years

old. She is a teacher and is interested

in working with those

who struggle with depression.

She is also a double amputee.

I watched Christy ride and

thought about her walking

into the ring to mount her

horse. She showed no fear or

hesitation. Wow. Our trainer

put Christy through the same

exercises she had put me

through in the past. Again


After the lesson, I cautiously

approached Christy to

say how great she had done

and, of course, ask her some

questions. Christy was quite

willing to share her story. She

showed me her port in her

chest that is used to give intravenous

fluids and medicine.

The port is permanent.

I mentioned that most

people would have never even

thought of riding a horse,

much less attempt serious

English riding lessons. Christy’s

response- “That really

frustrates me. It never even

crossed my mind not to try. I

live my life with the thought

of, ‘No excuses.’”

What an inspiration.

I recently had the opportunity

to be a part of Aurora’s

two hundredth birthday celebration.

The event was highlighted

by the landing of the

LST-325 which was toured by

thousands during its stay in

Aurora. What an AMAZING

event! The LST committee

worked tirelessly to show the

true spirit of Aurora.

On a personal note, I was

brought to tears as Paul Elliott,

Nelson Elliott’s son,

played taps. On his father’s

trumpet. Wearing his father’s

tie. On the anniversary of his

father’s death. For decades,

Nelson played TAPS at almost

every veteran’s funeral. Paul’s

performance was a perfect

tribute to both the veterans

and the memory of his father.

Thank you, Paul Elliott. I’m

sure Nelson would have been

very proud.

I was very fortunate to sit

next to a media legend at

the LST event- John Popovich.

Having never met John

before, I was moved by his

sincerity and great insight into

the community we call home.

His speech was so on point

that I am honored to share it

with all of you.

LST Memorial Speech

By John Popovich

It’s my great pleasure to

spend this afternoon with you.

Thanks to Charlotte Hastings

for inviting me and thanks to

everyone who put together

this wonderful celebration.

Thanks to the crew of the

LST-325 for coming here. We

admire what you’ve done in

service to your country. We

admire what you’re doing

today to keep this important

part of our history alive. It’s

been a thrill to drive down to

the riverfront and see this vessel

parked here this week.

Thanks to the Veterans who

we should celebrate each day.

We wouldn’t get to do things

like this is if it wasn’t for you.

I thought I was an odd

choice when they asked me

to speak. I didn’t grow up in

Aurora. I didn’t go to Aurora

High School. I don’t even live

in Aurora. I live on the outskirts.

But I guess that wasn’t

important. It seems like I’m

here every day and I do call

this home.

It’s where I get breakfast,

where I get a doughnut and

coffee. It’s where I get a haircut,

see a lawyer, and visit the

dentist. It’s where I drop off

my taxes.

It’s where my son went to

school. Where he learned to

ride a dirt bike, where he got

his first deer and caught his

first fish.

It’s where we’ve come for

parades, a lot of parades, long,

entertaining and sometimes

odd parades. We strolled

through Farmer’s Fair the

first year we lived here. We

wanted to know what all the

excitement was about.

This is where we come to

bike and to walk. Right here

at Lesko Park.

In other words, we don’t

actually live in Aurora, but

Aurora is where we LIVE


The funny thing is, thirty

years ago, we were living in

Cincinnati, and I couldn’t

have found Aurora on the

map. Probably couldn’t have

spelled it- too many vowels.

But a real estate agent named

Ken Maddin brought us out

here to see a neighborhood

John and Kathie Popovich

and house. We came back a

second time and a third time.

Then we bought the house.

We’ve been here twentyseven

years, and Aurora has

gradually changed... I think

for the better.

But that’s only twenty-seven

years. Imagine what it was

like two hundred years ago.

I love going to the post

office here. It’s a slice of

Americana in itself. I always

look up at the mural on the

wall that depicts the early

days of Aurora. If you’ve

never gone in there, do

yourself a favor the next time

you need some stamps. The

mural was painted during the

Great Depression, more than

eighty years ago. It shows a

flurry of activity on the banks

of the Ohio. A ship, perhaps a

riverboat is about to arrive. A

bell is being rung, and people

are hurrying to the riverfront

to see what’s happening.

I thought about that mural

the other day after I stopped

by to see the LST-325. After

doing so, I stopped by the

bakery for a cup of coffee.

A lady there said she was up

at 5 A.M. to track the boat’s

progress as it made its way to

Aurora. She was fired up.

Then it hit me, That eightyyear-old

mural depicts the

early days of Aurora. It was

very exciting then. Now two

hundred years later, another

event is producing the same

kind of excitement.

I could tell you a lot about

this town. About the park,

the little league fields, about

the grain mill, but the truth

is, those are just places and

buildings, trees and concrete,

brick and steel.

That’s not the best part

about Aurora. The best part is

the people. Some who grew

up here. Some who moved in.

We’re not natives, but we

never felt unwelcome. We felt

accepted from the very start.

Otherwise, we wouldn’t have

stuck around. You see the

steeples and the beautifully

reconditioned streets. That’s

just the skeleton. The people

are the heart and soul. They

are why Aurora survives and

why Aurora thrives.

I hope you’ll enjoy your

visit here today. And I hope

you’ll come back. That’s what

I did... and I never left.


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November 2019 THE BEACON Page 3A

What is it?

Last month’s item was a “visible” glass mailbox. The

antique dates back to the 1920s-1930s. It was designed so

that the resident could view the box without having to go

outside to check for the mail. Some dubbed the mailbox as

the “invisible” mailbox.

Karen Getz, West Harrison, identified the mystery item

correctly. Of course, Marc Brunner, Manchester, also gave

the correct answer (he is getting really good at this!).

This month’s challenge was

used by grocers or a specialty

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Purple Heart Veterans Honored

Terry bloomer

Continued from page 1A

Mr. Bloomer married Gloria

Blevins in 1980. They have

three children, seven grandchildren,

and nine greatgrandchildren

The Bloomers

reside near Rising Sun.

Mr. Bloomer is proud of his

faithful and dedicated service

to our great nation. Once a

Marine, always a Marine.

Semper Fi.

John Lozier

John Richard Lozier

John Richard Lozier was

born on Mar. 20, 1941. He

graduated from Lawrenceburg

Consolidated High

School (LCHS) Class of


Mr. Lozier entered the

United States Army in 1964

and was eventually sent to

Vietnam where he served

with the 556th Transportation

Co., near Saigon. He received

the Purple Heart for wounds

suffered when he was shot in

the elbow and had shrapnel

wounds. His Purple Heart

citation reads that it was for

“wounds received in connection

with military operations

against a hostile force.” He

was honorably discharged in


Mr. Lozier was a member

of the Southeastern Indiana

Vietnam Veterans of America

Lary D. Fogle Chapter 71 in

Aurora and the Lawrenceburg

American Legion Post 239.

His medals include the National

Defense Service Medal,

Vietnam Service Medal,

Vietnam Campaign Medal,

Army Good Conduct Medal,

Vietnam Gallantry Cross with

Palm and the Purple Heart. He

received the expert shooting

badge for the rifle and

the sharpshooter badge for a

pistol. He was a Specialist 4

or Spec 4.

Mr. Lozier met his wife,

Continued on page 13A

November 5 General Election- What’s on the Ballot?

Dearborn County

Mayor, Aurora

Mayor, Greendale

Mayor, Lawrenceburg

City Clerk Or Clerk/

Treasurer, Aurora

City Clerk Or Clerk/

Treasurer, Greendale

City Clerk Or Clerk/

Treasurer, Lawrenceburg

Judge, City Court,


City-County Or City Common

Council Member, Aurora

City-County Or City Common

Council Member, Center 1

City-County Or City Common

Council Member, Center 2

City-County Or City Common

Council Member, Center 3

City-County Or City Common

Council Member, Center 4

City-County Or City Common

Council Member, Greendale

City-County Or City Common

Council Member, Greendale 1

City-County Or City Common

Council Member, Greendale 2

City-County Or City Common

Council Member, Greendale 3

City-County Or City Common

Council Member, Greendale 4

City-County Or City Common

Council Member, Greendale 5

City-County Or City Common

Council Member,


City-County Or City Common

Council Member,

Lawrenceburg 01

City-County Or City Common

Council Member,

Lawrenceburg 02

City-County Or City Common

Council Member,

Lawrenceburg 03

City-County Or City Common

Council Member,

Lawrenceburg 04

Town Clerk-Treasurer,

Harrison 1

Town Council Member,

Harrison 1



Mayor Of Batesville

Batesville Clerk Treasurer

Batesville City Judge

Batesville City Common

Council, At Large

Batesville City Common

Council, District 1

Batesville City Common

Council, District 2

Batesville City Common

Council, District 3

Batesville City Common

Council, District 4


Clerk Treasurer

Ohio County

Mayor of Rising Sun

Rising Sun City


Rising Sun City Common

Council , At Large

Rising Sun City Common

Council , At Large

Ripley County

Mayor Of Batesville

Batesville Clerk Treasurer

Batesville City Judge

Batesville City Common

Council, At Large

Batesville City Common

Council, District 1

Batesville City Common

Council, District 2

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Council, District 3

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Experience Life in 1855-1891 Can Be Found at Hillforest

Continued from page 1A

1845. The Gaff family did

exceptionally well in the

area as Thomas and James

eventually owned over thirty

businesses together. They

built a distillery, T. & J.W.

Gaff & Company, where they

produced bourbon, rye, and

whiskey. The Crescent Brewing

Company, also owned by

The Gaffs, became one of the

largest breweries of the time

thanks to the superior quality

of the Aurora Lager Beer

they produced. The Gaffs also

had their hand in importing

and exporting. They owned

cotton plantations in Louisiana,

silver mines in Nevada,

and steamboats, most notably

the Forest Queen. The Forest

Queen served as General

William Sherman’s headquarters

during the Civil War in

the siege of Vicksburg. The

Gaffs also founded the First

National Bank of Aurora in

1856 where Thomas served as

the bank president. John Gaff

eventually became mayor of

Aurora. The success of the

brothers’ endeavors resulted

in them becoming multimillionaires.

They gave back

to their community in many


While visiting Cincinnati,

Thomas Gaff met the famed

architect, Isaiah Rogers. Mr.

Rogers was from Boston and

became one of the country’s

most prominent architects of

the time. Known as the “father

of the modern hotel,” and

for his design of the Tremont

House in Boston, Mr. Rogers

designed the Gaff’s home

which would become known

as Hillforest Mansion. Hillforest

is created in the style

of Italian Renaissance architecture.

The mansion is built

into a hillside, reminiscent

of Italian villas. Everything

in the house is symmetricalyou

could fold the mansion

in half, and each side would


My tour took me from the

vestibule to the grand foyer

where a sweeping suspended

staircase greets you. The staircase

has been reinforced with

Thomas Gaff’s desk is a

recent addition to the

museum. (Photo by

Maureen Stenger)

steel plates so that it is now

up to museum standards, and

it is breathtaking. It is made

of Honduran mahogany with

spindles made of tiger maple

wood. No expense was spared

in the building of this grand

estate! The restoration of Hillforest

has been no small feat

either. The process of reviving

it to its glory days is quite the


When the last Gaff daughter

passed away in 1926, the

mansion was sold to the Stark

family of Aurora who lived

The East Parlor in Hillforest is the perfect backdrop for

seasonal events.

A beautiful bowl is a part of

Hillforest’s collection.

there for over twenty years.

They then sold the estate to

the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The VFW used Hillforest as

a clubhouse for returning veterans.

A bar was put in, and

the upstairs was converted

into apartments. Installed on

the floors was black and white

linoleum which ended up saving

the original parquet floors.

Fire extinguishers were put in

every room, which also ended

up being a blessing as smoking

was prevalent in those

days. The VFW eventually

moved to Second Street, and

the future of Hillforest Mansion

remained uncertain.

The saving of Hillforest

Mansion was spearheaded by

a local businesswoman and

banker, Esther Roach, who

wished to save the estate. She

reached out to other local

citizens who then in 1956

put their money together

and purchased the old Gaff

family home, protecting it

from destruction. These ten

people saved the mansion

and subsequently formed the

Hillforest Historical Foundation

whose commitment has

preserved this magnificent

timepiece to this day. Mrs.

Ullrich elaborated, “They had

a goal. There were months

when they could not pay the

bills, but they never gave up,

and they never gave it away.”

Dolores E. Baker, affectionately

known as “Dodie” was

also one of the ten people

who worked tirelessly to save

Hillforest. She was on the

Board of Directors and served

several terms as president and

John Ruthven’s painting of


vice president as well as being

on numerous committees and

raising funds for Hillforest.

Mrs. Baker was honored with

the title of President Emeritus

of Hillforest in 1993. Mrs.

Baker and Mrs. Roach spent

countless hours researching

the Gaff family. They

compiled a book of the Gaff

family’s genealogy which is

still kept current to this day.

Mrs. Baker was instrumental

in acquiring many period

pieces for the Hillforest

Museum, many coming from

the Gaff family itself. In the

vestibule of the mansion, a

plaque hangs with the names

of the ten citizens who saved

Hillforest, their commitment

and legacy cannot be underestimated.

The beauty of the home is

something else that cannot be

underestimated, along with

the painstaking process of

restoration, which is ongoing.

Hillforest is closed to the

public every January through

March, so repair and restoration

projects are planned for

that time. Former caretaker

William Fugate is the unsung

hero of finding the original

wall paintings in the mansion

beneath seven coats of wallpaper

and paint. Artists were

hired to replicate the original

wall paintings, which has a

three-dimensional effect

Continued on page 5A

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A Community Gem Reflects Years of Dedication Effort

The west parlor.

Trompe l’oeil painting in

entryway. (Photo by

Maureen Stenger)

A pendant with the portrait

of grandson Charlie Gaff.

Continued from page 4A

called trompe l’oeil which,

when translated, means, “fool

the eye.” One mystery that

has remained throughout the

years was the name of the

original house painter. That

mystery was solved just a few

months ago when papers were

found in a drawer at the bank

on Second Street in Aurora

that Mr. Gaff started. In the

stack of paper was a copy of

a receipt for seven hundred

fifty-four dollars for painting

the parlor and hallway signed

by F. Pedretti. Think Pedretti

Road in Cincinnati. Francis

Pedretti, born in Italy, came to

the United States and bought

eleven acres in Cincinnati.

He painted trompe l’oeil at

Hillforest. So after one hundred

and sixty-four years of

not knowing who the painter

was, that missing piece of the

puzzle has finally been found!

Hillforest boasts over ten

coal-burning fireplaces that

are all cast iron and have been

painted to look like marble.

The stunning arched windows

made of art glass in blue,

green, red, and gold reflect the

pattern of the parquet flooring

as the light filters through.

Upstairs, the windows stretch

to the floor illuminating the

beautiful Ohio River views.

All of the window treatments

in the home have been made

by Beverly Hoffmeister. She

also makes all of the window

treatments for the Taft Museum

of Art in Cincinnati.

“Master Plasterer” Terry Wullenweber

has done a phenomenal

job restoring much of the

plasterwork in the mansion.

He restored medallions on the

ceilings and also made much

of the plasterwork himself at

his shop in Milan. This painstaking

labor of love reveals

the dedication and detail that

has gone into the restoration

process. Upstairs the original

wide plank pine floors remain,

and a narrow, steep staircase

takes you up to the belvedere

atop the mansion. This round

room provides a stunning

lookout to the city of Aurora


Dodie Baker had a dream

for Hillforest to be recognized

as a National Historic

Landmark. National Historic

Landmarks are historic

properties that capture the

heritage of the United States.

Each landmark represents an

outstanding aspect of American

history and culture. Approximately

two thousand five

hundred sites hold this honor

in the United States with only

forty-two being located in

Indiana. In the late 1980’s

Mrs. Baker, along with the

help of the first paid executive

director of Hillforest, sifted

through all of the paperwork

and submitted an application

for the historic status. The

application was approved, and

Hillforest became a National

Historic Landmark in 1992.

Two primary reasons for the

honor were that the home was

here during the Civil War, and

it is the most pristine example

of Isaiah Rogers architecture.

Pretty amazing that it exists

right here in our area!

Hillforest was honored with

a pictorial cancellation from

the United States Post office

commemorating Hillforest in

2005. A pictorial cancellation

is defined as, “A postmark

which shows replica/photo/

design or a picture highlighting

a tourist, religious,

historical or an important

place or thing.” Hillforest also

received national recognition

when famed American artist,

John Aldrich Ruthven, painted

a picture of Hillforest Mansion

with an indigo bunting.

Mr. Ruthven is known for his

wildlife paintings; many are

on display at various museums

including the Smithsonian

Institute. In 2004 he

received the National Medal

of Arts. His print of Hillforest

is available at The Framery

Art Gallery in Lawrenceburg.

As my tour concluded, two

things went through my mind.

First, I couldn’t believe I had

never taken the time to see

this gorgeous place. Second,

I really did not want to leave!

The graciousness of the docent

and the beauty of my surroundings

made me want to

stay and continue to be swept



away in time. How lucky we

are to have such a stunning

piece of history right here

in our area that is open for

tours and that hosts numerous

events. We owe a debt of

gratitude to not only those ten

citizens who worked tirelessly

to save Hillforest but also to

those who continue the work

of keeping the mansion in the

pristine condition it is today.

Hillforest is open for tours

from April through December

from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. It is

closed on Mondays and major

holidays. A calendar of events

throughout the year is available

on the website, hillforest.

org. I encourage you to visit.

You will be in for a splendid


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Scrambled Eggs

Seasoned Potatoes

French Toast



Fried Chicken

Baked Chicken

Eggs Benedict

Fresh Fruit

Grilled Asparagus

Assorted Salads

Create your own Omelet

Beef carving station

Chocolate Fountain

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Ivy Tech and

CMHC Join Forces

Lawrenceburg and Batesville

Ivy Tech Community

College and Community

Mental Health Center recently

unveiled their new collaborative

program which provides

free counseling services to

current Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg

and Batesville students.

The program, called My

Well Being, provides students

with four free counseling sessions

at Community Mental

Health Center. By providing

these services, Ivy Tech may

be able to assist their students

by balancing their workload,

family, social life, and schoolwork.

“We understand that mental

health is a very important

aspect to a student’s success,”

said Shakira Grubbs,

vice-chancellor of enrollment

services and student success

at Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg and


Executive Director of the

Community Mental Health

Center, Tom Talbot, said

students in their early twenties

are more prone to face mental

illness or struggle with daily

issues because they are facing

many new concerns, and they

may not have the necessary

coping skills.

“I think that the My Well

Being program can be a good

resource to assist students

in dealing with the everyday

challenges of life and to

enhance their overall wellbeing,”

shared Mr. Talbot.

Ivy Tech’s Lawrenceburg

and Batesville locations

will also have mental health

awareness days, where a

representative from the

Community Mental Health

Center will answer questions

and provide students with

information on counseling


For additional information

on the My Well Being program,

contact Shakira Grubbs


Credibility • Advocacy • Education • Visibility

What Can The Chamber

Do For You? Just Ask!


Team Expands at


Main Street

Michelle Cone joined the

Lawrenceburg Main Street

team and has

been making

a difference

during her

first year.

Since July

2018, she

has worked


Michelle Cone Director Pat

Krider and

Communications Director

Hannah Garnett on all aspects

of Main Street’s mission.

Reviving the local economy

and forging a vital future for

the city of Lawrenceburg is

the focus of Ms. Cone’s new

position. Her job responsibilities

include coordinating

community events, implementing

the City of Lawrenceburg’s

grant programs,

financial planning, and office


Ms. Cone is passionate

about preserving cultural history

& public art. She sits on

the Board of Trustees at both

the Dearborn County Historical

Society and the Contemporary

Arts Center in Cincinnati.

Ms. Cone was thrilled

to be given the opportunity to

bring the Inside Out Project

to Lawrenceburg in conjunction

with the opening of the

Civic Park last April. She

has worked as a publicist and

event planner for over twentyfive

years. Ms. Cone and her

husband, Reed, enjoy renovating

historic properties. When

she is not at the Lawrenceburg

Main Street office, she can

often be found running on the

Dearborn Trails with her dog,


Civista Bank Named

One of Best Banks

To Work For

Civista Bank has been

named one of the Best Banks

to Work For in 2019. “We

are proud to receive this recognition

for the seventh year

in a row.

The Best Banks to

Work For program, which

was initiated in 2013 by

American Banker and

Best Companies Group,

identifies, recognizes,

and honors U.S. banks

for outstanding employee

satisfaction. The twostep

process involves an

evaluation of participating

companies’ workplace

policies, practices, and

demographics. In the second

step, employee surveys are

conducted to directly assess

the experiences and attitudes

of individual employees

concerning their workplace.

The combined scores

determine the top banks and

the final ranking.

“Our mission at Civista

is not only to improve

the financial lives of our

customers and shareholders,

but also the lives of our

employees. It is an honor

to receive this award

as recognition of the

commitment we’ve made

to our team,” said Dennis

Shaffer, Civista Bank CEO

and President.

Full results of this year’s

program are available at

Rock Solid Families

founders Linda and Merrill


Rock Solid

Families Anniversary

Rock Solid Families is

celebrating the first anniversary

of their St. Leon office.

Founded in 2018, the organization

is led by the husbandand-wife

team of Merrill and

Linda Hutchinson. Rock Solid

Families is a life-coaching

organization that offers

spiritual guidance and practical

tools on marriage, family,

and personal wellness. Their

approach is built on three pillars-

faith, family, and fitness.

The team at Rock Solid

Families has over sixty years

of combined experience in

teaching, public speaking,

counseling, ministry, and

coaching. They have had

the privilege of working

with over one hundred fifty

families since opening the

St. Leon location. They have

also reached hundreds of

other families through regular

articles in the Beacon and


For more information about

Rock Solid Families, call 812-

576-ROCK (7625).

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Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce 2019 Women of Distinction

The fourteenth annual Dearborn

County Women of Distinction

Awards honors three

individuals for their contributions

to the community. These

women were chosen based on

the positive impact they have

had on Dearborn County and

their ability to inspire others

to work toward bettering the


The 2019 recipients of the

Women of Distinction Award

are Phee Ellinghausen, Cindy

Rottinghaus, and Lisa Hill.

Phee Ellinghausen (Photo

courtesy of Margaret Drury)

Phee Ellinghausen, a retired

elementary school teacher

of forty-one years, is an avid

volunteer for the Dearborn

County Clearinghouse. She

tirelessly advocates for food

donations and other supplies

to fill their shelves.

Mrs. Ellinhausen is a member

of the First Presbyterian

Church in Aurora, where she

has served as organist for an

incredible fifty-six years! She

also sporadically helps another

church. She is an ordained

Elder of the Church and presently

serves as a Deacon. Mrs.

Ellinghausen helps coordinate

giving Christmas food baskets

to families. Every year she

helps peel and cook over one

hundred pounds of potatoes

for the Presbyterian Soup

Booth at the Farmers’ Fair.

Of course, she also volunteers

with soup sales.

Additionally, Mrs. Ellinghausen

helps prepare, and

serve food at the Fourth Street

Food Cafe, offering a free meal

to the community every Tuesday

evening, bearing much of

the food cost herself. She helps

organize the church’s annual

“Nu2U” Rummage Sale. Finally,

she helps write and prepare

the church’s newsletter.

Mrs. Ellinghausen serves

her community as a member

of Indiana Retired Teachers

Association; Dearborn County

Retired Teachers Association;

RSVP; and Aurora Associate

Tri Kappa. She has served

as Tri Kappa Corresponding

Secretary for nine years,

as well as Cards Chair, and

Publicity Chair.

Mrs. Ellinghausen presently

serves on the Board of

Directors at Hillforest. She is

a past board member of the

Southeastern Indiana Musicians’

Association, and in fact,

she was awarded their Hall of

Fame Award in 2014. Mrs. Ellinghausen

is a member of the

Aurora Garden Club. She also

volunteers with first graders

twice a week. She also visits

the residents of assisted living

facilities and has faithfully

maintained a high level of

community service.

Phee Ellinghausen was

described as, “Her energy is

boundless, her motives pure.

It’s been said that everyone

should have a passion. Phee

Ellinghausen has many - her

greatest is called ‘Life.’”

Cindy Rottinghaus (Photo

courtesy of Margaret Drury)

Cindy Rottinghaus is the

last one to seek the spotlight.

She prefers to quietly engage

support with a twinkling

smile. To see her delight for

regional community events,

the beauty of Aurora with the

Pergola Swing Corridor, the

Aurora Dog Park, or the historic

charm of downtown Aurora

is contagious. She truly

enjoys seeing people’s smiles

indicating true success and

feels honored to contribute.

Cindy Rottinghaus has a

long history of community

activism, is a strong regional

advocate for quality of life


Cindy is president of the

Aurora Garden Club, assists

with the Fall in Love with

Aurora, Scarecrow Alley, and

landscape design and maintenance

for Aurora’s gateway

entrances. As secretary of the

Aurora Park Board, Cindy

best identified Aurora Parks

Signage & Branding Strategy

thru the Master Parks Plan.

The signs have been updated

with Cindy’s beautiful efforts

assisting in landscaping for all

to enjoy.

Ms. Rottinghaus has volunteered

countless hours to the

Aurora Red White & Boom,

and the USS LST-325 events.

A successful grant writer, she

has also been vital to assisting

with raising funds for nonprofit

community events. With

the Bicentennial in Aurora,

she has been busier than ever.

As Secretary of the Aurora

Historic Preservation Commission

(HPC), Ms. Rottinghaus’

efforts have resulted in

a friendlier, approachable process

thru the COA application

with guidance from the HPC.

She is also involved in the

selection of the annual Aurora

HPC Preservation Awards.

This year she will again be

involved prior to and during

the Aurora Historic Tour of

Homes event.

Ms. Rottinghaus is secretary

and board member

of the Rising Sun Regional

Foundation and has assisted

in approving multiple regional

grants in the fields of Education,

Public Safety, Recreational

Facilities & Programs,

Housing, and Economic


Ms. Rottinghaus’ dream

was to design a dog park for

the area. That vision became

a reality as the Aurora Dog

Park, thanks to her tireless

efforts and dedication.

Ms. Rottinghaus’ dedication

to her community is also

prevalent in her past as a

former board member of Main

Street Aurora and Hillforest

Historial Foundation. A heartfelt

smile blooms when others

share recollections of Cindy


Jascia Redwine, RSRF-

Executive Director, shared

“I first met Cindy not as a

board member, but as a grant

applicant for a cause that was,

and still is, very close to her

heart, a dog park in Aurora. I

can still remember the day we

met to look over the property.

It was super muddy, and we

trudged around through the

muck, discussing the proposed

project. Cindy is one of

those dream board members

because she is prepared for

meetings and isn’t afraid to

ask questions.”

Charlotte Hastings, prior

Woman of Distinction honoree

expressed “Cindy is very

dedicated to the City of Aurora

and one you can always

count on to be Johnny- (or in

her case Jane) on-the-spot.”

Guinevere Emery shared,

“Cindy has taught me more

than she knows. You’ll see her

at the top of a ladder to fully

appreciate the view to life yet

ensure everyone is included

on the way. She instills a

legacy of grace and ability.

Lisa Hill (Photo courtesy of

Luree Ketcham)

Lisa Hill is known locally,

nationally, and internationally

as the mother of Lauren Hill.

That fact alone is a compelling

reason for honoring her

as a Woman of Distinction.

Many don’t realize all that

Lisa has done for children and

families since her daughter

became ill.

Upon Lauren’s diagnosis,

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Lisa, Brent Hill, and Brian

Fenstermaker founded Lauren’s

Fight For Cure, an organization

dedicated to helping

with the financial burden of

families suffering from terminal

pediatric brain cancer.

Without Lisa’s efforts, the

success of the organization

would not be possible. She

took it upon herself to find the

families in need of our help so

that much-needed resources

could be provided.

After Lauren’s passing, Lisa

continued her commitment

to Lauren’s cause by going

to work for The Cure Starts

Now, an organization dedicated

to children who have brain

cancer. She committed herself

to raising money to find a cure

for DIPG in the hopes of curing

all cancers in the process.

In this position, she helped to

raise more than $2,000,000 in

Lauren’s name to fund critical


Lisa has been at the forefront

of helping people not

only locally but internationally.

She continues to represent

courage in the face of adversity,

a trait that makes her a

woman of distinction.




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Kennett Oil Inc

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Aurora Tire Center

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Blimpie Subs & St. Leon BP

Bohrer Farms

Bright Excavating

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Civista Bank

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DeVille Pharmacies & Equipment

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Duane Werner Bobcat Services

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Graf & Byard Concret

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Haag Ford Sales

Harrison Bldg + Loan Assoc

Harvest Land Co-op

Hirlinger Chevrolet

Hoosier Auto Sales & More (Your Authorized

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Hoosier Foreign Auto Service

Hummel-Winters Insurance

Jeff Batchler Painting

Jeff Middendorf Concrete Pumping

Jeremy & Stephanie Smith

Jivoin Xcavation

Johnson Auctioneers

Just 4 Pets

Kathman Family

Kemper Concrete Construction

Kittle Farms, Steve, Diana, Jon, Rachel

Koch Auto & Truck Repair

Lancer & Beebe Architects

Laughery Valley Ag Coop

Logan Hills Cattle Co

Lutz Auction Service

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The Friendly Bean- More than Meets the Eye

By Katie Ulrich

The Lawrenceburg library,

while home to many books, is

also home to the Friendly Bean

Café. The Friendly Bean Café’s

mission is: Serve others. Make

a difference. Have fun. The

Friendly Bean is a non-profit

organization run by New

Horizon clients. It provides

an opportunity for individuals

with intellectual or developmental

disabilities to gain job

experience and discover what

workplace skills they are best

suited to for future communitybased

employment. The library

and the Friendly Bean work

together. They maintain the

courtyard outside and each help

take care of growing things in

the garden. As a part of the Ivy

Tech gardening group, anything

that grows in the garden,

such as tomatoes or strawberries,

is used in the Friendly

Bean Café, ensuring fresh and

tasty options for customers.

To ensure that produce is not

wasted, any foods left from

the garden that the Friendly

Bean does not have a chance

to use is offered to customers.

However, delicious food and

coffee isn’t the Friendly Bean’s

primary objective.

Through New Horizons,

clients can go through a

pre-employment transition

(for those who are currently

students) as well as a vocational

rehab program. Pre-employment

transition services

span from Union County to

Rising Sun, covering over ten

schools. Students are given a

chance to explore various career

options. Last year, many

students from the pre-employment

transition services came

to work at the Friendly Bean.

The vocational rehab program

is run through the state

of Indiana, working as job

services for anyone with a disability.

New Horizons utilizes

this program to help clients

discover what they want to

do, provide shadowing opportunities,

and help them on

their career path. They may

experience learning to make

food, serving meals, working

in retail, or pursuing any other

skills that would be of benefit

and interest. If food service is

the client’s interest, they can

begin to work at the Friendly

Bean, which works as training

and skill-building. After

the Friendly Bean, they can

determine how and where to

take their career path, making

the Friendly Bean part of the

discovery process.

The Friendly Bean recently

celebrated its third birthday

on July 11th. The idea for the

A happy logo greets guests

at the Café.

Friendly Bean originated when

New Horizons learned of a

school involving their special

education class in the running

of a café for students to purchase

coffee in the mornings.

The immediate response was,

“We need to replicate this in

our community.”

Durhonda Drew, the manager

of the Friendly Bean, helps

to train the employees and

keeps the day-to-day needs of

a business running smoothly.

Customers can utilize a walkup

window for their orders or

find comfortable seating in the

café, which is located inside

the library, to the left of the

main entrance. The Friendly

Bean also has outdoor seating

in the courtyard. As for the

food and drinks at the café,

there is a variety of options,

The Friendly Bean Café serves both the community and

the workers.

Photos by

Katie Ulrich

including a daily special,

sandwiches, desserts, coffee,

tea, and smoothies. Durhonda

emphasizes how important an

opportunity this is to have for

New Horizons clients, to help

establish a great skill set for

future workplaces.

Jim Ryan, the director of

employment services at New

Horizons, notes that last year

sixty-eight people participated

in the training, thirty-four of

whom are now successfully

employed in the community.

To get a long-term job, clients

have to do shadowing and job

training. Restaurants typically

will not let them do this

because of a push to hire immediately,

as well as insurance

issues. So through the Friendly

Bean, clients get the chance to

train in a restaurant setting and

a quite charming one at that.

The Friendly Bean’s priority

is not to be a business, but

by giving them our business,

their efforts to establish future

employment for New Horizon

clients continues. They are

open Monday through Friday,

from 9:30 to 4:00. So make

sure to include the Friendly

Bean in your next trip to the


Halloween - The Waste is Scary

By Molly Resendes

Halloween doesn’t usually

get a mention when we talk

about expensive holidays,

but it should. The average

consumer spent almost $200

on Halloween in 2018. That

spending includes costumes

which are a huge expense. The

cost of a new child’s costume

this year will be $20- $60.

While it’s a cheaper holiday

than Christmas, the cost isn’t

just financial. Halloween is

a single-use holiday which

means huge environmental

costs. Costumes are worn once

which creates waste. Some

costumes become dress-up

items, but far more are stashed

in a closet and forgotten about.

Saving money and reducing

the impact of Halloween,

while still enjoying it, is easy.

The first thing is to realize

that using something one time

(no matter what the item) is

wasteful. Take note of what

you buy and how you use it

for the holiday.

Not buying a new costume

is a great way to spend less

and be more eco-friendly. You

don’t have to be exceptionally

crafty or skilled to make a costume

from supplies you already

have. Online sites have great

ideas for handmade costumes.

Many children, and sometimes

adults as well, become fixated

on something very specific.

Starting with an idea for a

costume and then looking for

things you have to make it will

yield better results than choosing

a manufactured costume

and trying to replicate it.

If crafting a costume isn’t in

your plans, you can participate

in the sharing economy. Share

costumes with friends and

relatives or take advantage of

the Dearborn County Recycling

Center’s annual Costume

Swap. Over one thousand

costumes are free with an

exchange. You can also make a

small donation for a once-worn

costume if you don’t have one

to trade. These options will

cost less (or are free) and you

will be ensuring that a costume

gets a second trip around the

trick-or-treating block.

Holiday decorations that

save money and the planet

are fun to make and build

memories for a family. Carving

pumpkins can be ecofriendly

and inexpensive. If

you haven’t grown your own

pumpkins, pick one up at a

local farmers market. Afterward,

carved pumpkins can be

smashed up and added to compost

or spread in the yard as

worm food. Uncarved pumpkins

make natural birdfeeders.

As you celebrate Halloween,

remember how truly

scary being wasteful is in the

name of fun. Enjoy the holiday

without making waste.

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Students Win Lawrenceburg Public Library Essay Contest

The Lawrenceburg Public

Library hosted an essay

contest as a part of their

Summer Reading Program.

The following are

exerpts of the winning essays.

Complete essays can

be read at www.goBEA-

Planetary Peace

By Andrew Oelker

“Planetary peace.” It was

a concept seemingly forgotten

after the War of Mortem.

Pacificus didn’t forget though.

Since the war, it had been his

goal to restore order to the

planet. He had hoped that

if he talked with each city’s

king, he could restore the city

states one by one.

“That is what this planet

needs,” continued Pacificus.

“And how would we accomplish

this, my friend?”

inquired the city-state’s monarch

in a sing song tone, as if

he were talking with a child.

Pacificus briefly examined

his surroundings and contemplated

his words.

“Sire, we need to restore

glory to this planet, and I

think that the best way to do

that is to fix each city one by


“Look, friend, I believe this

must be a prank, because my

men and I have been trying

to bring peace to the planet

for years, and it has proven

impossible.” Their conversation

wasn’t going as well as

Pacificus had planned.

“Our planet has been left

in a permanent shambles

ever since the arrival of those

wretched humans.” He said

that last word like it was a

rare form of bacteria. “You

are a complete simpleton if

you think that you may be

able to bring about order to

this infernal world. I suggest

you leave. Now, guards,

remove this man from my-


Pacificus regained consciousness

to the upsetting

sight of the king’s corpse

being consumed by a majestic

creature mounted by a

man. He almost screamed,

but thought better of it. He

silently surveyed his surroundings.

He seemed to be

in the same room as before,

but there were shards of glass

everywhere, one of which

had lodged itself in Pacificus’

thigh. His species had

particularly tough skin, but

the wound was still causing a

great amount of pain.

He looked at the man.

Every part of his body was

wrapped in dark cloth, and

his forearms, shins, chest,

and crotch were covered with

dark tan and green armor.

In addition to that, he bore

pauldrons on his shoulders,

and his thighs were covered

with kusazuri, also in tan and

green. He was wearing a mask

similar to what Pacificus had

seen the king’s guards wearing,

except it was black with

dark green accents, whereas

the guard’s masks were red

and black. Pacificus couldn’t

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The Unheard Violin

By Mialani Jones

May 16 th — 7:32 a.m.

I trotted down the stairs.

Mom and Dad were in the

kitchen; their soft voices easy

on my ears so early in the

morning. Mom was smiling

into her steaming cup, watching

Dad struggle to flip a fried

egg upside-down onto the

pan. I mumbled a hasty ‘good

morning’ as I pulled my socks

over my ankles and shrugged

my violin case onto my back.

I took up the instrument when

I was a teenager. I’ve always

been able to express myself

through music better than with

words. The violin helped me

find my voice.

“Weren’t you supposed to

leave fifteen minutes ago?

Hmmm?” Mom hummed. I

struggled not to grimace. I


“That’s what I thought,”

she smiled. “Don’t worry, I’m

sure they’ll understand.

Mornings get mixed up,

sometimes. It’ll be fine.” I

appreciated her comforting

me even though she knew it

wasn’t the first or last time I

would be late.

Dad, grumbling at his burnt

egg, tossed me a bagged sandwich.

I caught it.

Turkey and cheese. Simple,

but my favorite. I opened my

mouth to thank him—

“No need to thank me,” Dad

said. “Go! Get! You’re going

to be late for practice.” “She’s

already late,” my mother said.

Her right eyebrow raised in

admonition and then almost

immediately softened as she

smiled and blew me a kiss. I

stuffed my lunch into my bag

and made my way to the door.

“Be careful on the roads,

today!” I could hear my mom

yelling from the kitchen as I

got to the front door. “Call

me when you get there, lock

your car, and look both ways

before crossing the street.”

Walking out, I laughed and

shook my head. She said that

every day.

May 23 rd — 7:32 a.m.

“Good morning, sweetie.”

My mom was here. I could

tell it was still morning. My

mind was groggy, the urge to

sleep still lingering. I pushed

past it.

“You would not believe

what the food here tastes

like,” she said. “I mean, the

pancakes here make me question

my cooking methods. I

suppose my recipe is getting


No pancakes are better than

yours, Mom. I was a patient in

our city’s hospital, after being

in a car accident. The recovery

has been long, but I have

visitors to keep me company.

I smiled.

“Your sister and father are

on their way.” Mom said.

“We’re all eager for you to

get out of here.”

You and me both.

May 23 rd — 9:56 a.m.

When they did arrive, my

sister was more ecstatic than

ever. I could practically feel

my bed shake from her bouncing.

I wanted to tell her to

calm down, but her infectious

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The First Kid on Mars

By Olivia Egan

“Dad, will you take me to

space?” It was a regular Monday

night at the Smith house

and 10-year-old Emily’s question

surprised her parents.

“Sure, but why do you want

to go to space?” Her dad


“To be the first kid in

space,” Emily replied “and

Mom can you stay here on

Earth and be Mission Control?”

“Sounds good to me!” Mom

eagerly answered.

“But here’s my question,”

asked Dad, puzzled “where

are you going to get your

space suit?”

“I’m going to make it

myself.” Emily declared. To

prepare, Emily and her dad

read books, collected supplies,

and visited experts on

making space suits. All of

Emily’s free time was spent

making her space suit. Sometimes

her friend Jesse came

over to keep her company.

“It’s looking good.” Jesse

casually complimented her,

“I like that you made it

purple.” Emily added the

front panel and she attached a

mirror and lots of glitter. She

thought about all her preparation

reflectively when she

strapped into the spaceship

and counted down to lift off

…9 …8 …7 …6 …5 …4 …3

…2 …1 … BLAST OFF!!!!!!

They were on their way to

Jupiter when Emily’s Dad

lost control

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The passengers on the B-17 flight included several WWII

veterans who enjoyed perfect weather for the flight.

The view out the nose gunner

position of the B-17.

By Chris Brigger

Over Labor Day weekend,

the Experimental Aircraft

Association brought the B-17

bomber Aluminum Overcast,

to Lunken Airport’s Airport

Days for tours and rides. As

only one of ten active B-17

Flying Fortress aircraft left

in the world, it tends to draw

attention wherever it goes.

Built towards the end of

World War II, this B-17 did

not see action in Europe but

was one of the very fortunate

few of the 12,731 built

to escape the scrap heap.

Declared “surplus” after the

war, this model, like many

other wartime aircraft, could

be purchased for just a few

hundred dollars, but after a

long war would likely have

very few takers.

Before being named

Aluminum Overcast, this

B-17 was resold several times

over the next 30 years and

was a workhorse hauling

cargo, crop dusting, putting

out wildfires and eventually

mapping operations over

Arabia, Libya, Lebanon, Iran,

Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia,

Egypt, and Jordan. With its

days numbered and tucked in

open storage in 1978, Dr. Bill

Harrison resurrected it once

again. He took on the massive

undertaking to restore it to

its original condition. Like

any labor of love, the cost

became too big to maintain

and restore it. Dr. Harrison

donated it to the Experimental

Aircraft Association, who

then did an extensive ten-year

restoration by an all-vol unteer

group. Since 1994, it has been

touring the country logging

over 6000 hours of flight time

providing rides and tours to

visitors. All ticket proceeds

support the Experimental

Aircraft Association, a nonprofit

organiza tion dedicated

to sharing the spirit of

aviation with everyone.

At $449 for a 25-minute inair

ride, taking a ride is not for

the faint of heart. Maintaining

a beast that is almost 75 years

old is not an easy or cheap

endeavor, even with an allvolunteer


I’ve been incredibly

fortunate to fly small aircraft

for 20 years until life got in

the way. It was a passion my

whole life, so when I finally

saved enough to start lessons,

all the sacrifice was worth it.

Since then, I’ve been lucky

to get rides on some vintage

aircraft, so I had an idea what

to expect on the B-17. It has

a large wing surface area and

four strong, radial engines

to be able to lift this heavy,

flying tank. For that reason,

I expected it to be loud, lift

off smoothly, but feel every

pocket of air it encountered

even on the calmest days. In

that respect, it did not disappoint.

Imagine a cruise ship

sailing through a hurricane.

One thing I noticed

immediately is the spartan

interior. Not a thing on the

B-17 was built for comfort.

Weight on an aircraft is the

enemy. It increases fuel usage

and the distance you can

fly. If you are not a pilot or

A Flight to Never Forget

Author Chirs Brigger on a

flight in the historic B-17.

navigator, you get a canvas

seat wrapped around a metal


Starting the four slumbering

engines is like slowly

waking up for work on a

Monday morning. With

much prodding, each engine

slowly comes to life belching

smoke and oil until they are

up to speed. A typical B-17

will easily burn two hundred

gallons of fuel and about ten

gallons of oil per hour. It

takes a lot to lift this 65,000

lb. carcass, but for something

designed in the 1930s, it

confidently lifts off the ground

and transitions to flight. At a

cruising speed of about 150

mph, it’s not fast but makes

up for it in its long-range


Once in the air, we were

able to explore the cabin. As

big as the aircraft is, moving

around is not easy. Turrets

for gunner positions and

enough room for the nowempty

bombs and equipment

eat up mobility. Walking the

balance beam to the nose

gunner position at the front

of the plane takes a great

sense of balance even in the

best circumstances. As you

crawl down into the clear

bubble, a shocking feeling

of vulnerability overcomes

you imag ining some 18-yearold

that may have been in a

small-town high school just

a few months ago is now

splayed out front of this

massive fortress at 30,000 feet

trying not to panic as fighters

head straight at you. Even

the vision of a large-caliber

machine gun in front doesn’t

provide much comfort.

Many in the Great War

signed up as a patriotic duty

or a chance to see the world

and seek adventure after

living through the throws of

the Depression. Like many

wars though, most were

drafted. According to the

National WWII Museum,

61.2% were selected.

Regardless of the reason,

many went from high school

into battle in a very short


Being part of a bombing

mission could last as

long as twelve hours with

temperatures as low as thirty

below zero at altitude. It

wouldn’t take long to want

to be back home, safe on

the ground. Crews got to go

home for good once they

reached twenty-five missions,

which was later increased to

thirty in 1943. Very few did.

The average bomber crew

lasted only six missions.

In fact, 89% never reached

twenty-five missions. In many

documentaries, you can see

these bombers being shot

down and wonder how so few

got to parachute safely away.

Trying to maneuver through

the aircraft in the most ideal

conditions can be challenging.

After the experience, you

wonder how any could make

it out spiraling to the earth.

First coined by Tom

Brokaw in 1998, it’s

fashionable to talk about the

“Greatest Generation” and

the exploits in aircraft like

this to the point of it being

romanticized. Almost 75 years

after the end of World War

II and with so few veterans

left, the stories and details of

the horror and humanity of

war can fall into the backdrop

until they just become

pages in a history book to

be memorized by school

children for a test. Seeing

these living, breath ing things

come to life at shows like this

brings attention back to the

few World War II veterans

still around to be honored. It

should also remind us that the

sacrifices of those in Korea

and Vietnam and their vast

resource of life experience

and stories are dwindling fast

as well.

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By Mary-Alice Helms

I love the wind chime which

hangs on my front porch. I

guess the proper term might

be “chimes,” as there are six

black tubes suspended on

cords from a circular “roof.”

The tubes are perfectly tuned,

and make a glorious sound

when struck by the wooden

disk which hangs in the center

of the circle. (At least, I think

it’s a “glorious” sound. I’m

not so sure what my neighbors

think!) I truly believe that there

is something magical about

those wind chimes. Whether

the notes sound individually

or create a series of chords,

depending on the strength of

the breeze blowing at the time,

the arrangement of notes stirs a

memory of the past.

If I hear one single note

bouncing along unevenly,

stirred by an errant breeze, I

am once again the child waiting

on our front porch for our

dad to come home for lunch.

I see the big yellow gas truck

turn the corner, and I hear

the sound—that one repeated

“ding,” just like the single

“ding” from the wind chime.

That long-ago sound came

from a metal disk, hung on a

chain from the truck’s back

bumper. It was designed so

that the disk rolling across the

ground would dispel any static

electricity which might have

collected and endangered the

gasoline in the truck. I didn’t

know much about that. The

cheerful dinging sound, made

by the bouncing disk, was

announcing that our dad was

almost home. What a truly

happy sound!

Today when I went out on

the front porch, the “magic”

wind chimes were swinging

gently in the early morning

breeze. I sat down on the

porch swing, enjoying the

soft harmonies of the chords

and bits and pieces of melodies.

Then a succession of

notes grabbed my attention. It

sounded just like the opening

measure of “Nearer My God

to Thee.” And once again, I

was transported to an earlier

time. I remembered the

hymns played over the speakers

located on the roof of St.

Thomas Lutheran Church. I

know that the church didn’t

have a carillon, so the music

must have been pre-recorded,

Sounds from the Past

but it was of excellent quality.

Twice daily, the beautiful

chime-like hymns floated

across the town and echoed

from the hills. Our kids, who

spent a lot of time at their

grandparents’ home on 11th

Street, loved listening to those

daily concerts. Even now,

they speak wistfully of those

memories. They always will

be a part of the nostalgia of

being with their grandparents

and feeling so safe and loved.

Sometimes in the middle of

the night, I will be awakened

by a cacophony of sounds

when a strong wind has

arisen, and the chimes hurtle

against one another. Frightening?

Oh, no. Far from it. I

remember being awakened by

that same sound when I was

a child. It wasn’t frightening

to me then, either. I knew

exactly what it was.

We lived just half a block

from what was then the

General Lew Wallace Elementary

School. That was

a great location, especially if

one were prone to dawdle a

bit on the way to school. The

school playground was also

the neighborhood playground

at times. In a day when no

one had swing sets or monkey

bars at home, our dad had

built us a swing, teeter-totter,

and slide, so our back yard

often served as the neighborhood

playground. However,

there was one piece of playground

equipment that was

found only in the schoolyard.

I’m sure that in today’s world,

the “maypole” would be

considered totally inappropriate

and highly dangerous for

children. We loved it!

The maypole was a huge

metal pole, almost the circumference

of a telephone pole,

topped by an umbrella-like set

of revolving arms. A heavy

chain hung from each arm,

ending in a triangular handle

about three feet from the

ground. The idea was for each

handle to be “manned” by one

child. I don’t remember how

many of the arms there were,

but when it was fully loaded,

each participant would start

running (hopefully in the

same direction!) in the circle

around the maypole. When

they were going fast enough,

the kids would lift their feet

and let the momentum of the

turning wheel whirl them

around. Of course, there was

always at least one kid who

didn’t like the running part

and would spend his turn

waiting for everyone else to

get going so that he would be

lifted off of the ground.

When recess ended and the

maypole was abandoned, the

swinging chains would keep

moving for some time. The

metal hand-holds would clang

against the pole. We would

hear that sound in our classrooms

and long for another

recess. When a strong wind

blew at night, my sisters and

I would hear the clanging of

the maypole from our beds. It

wasn’t frightening or alarming.

Just like the sound from

my wind chimes, it was a

familiar, soothing sound.

There are so many other

memories that are stirred by

sounds. The ringing of the

church bells, the lost “dinging’

of a bicycle bell, the

sounds of the train which

came through town regularly.

All of these can be brought

back by a wind wandering

through my “magic” wind


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I am struggling with a

family situation. My mother

is ninety-one years old. I am

the oldest of eight children.

We are all getting older now.

Our dad died twenty years

ago; his death was sudden

and tragic. Ever since that

day, one of us has stayed

with our mom day and night.

She had such a traumatic

time dealing with my father’s

death that she made

us promise never to leave

her alone. My younger sister

lived with her for some time

after which a granddaughter

lived with her. Mom has

become quite feeble and is

suffering from Alzheimer’s

disease. Sometimes Mom

has a good day, but other

days she is very nasty. She

will lash out, saying the

most hurtful words and often

become physically abusive.

A few minutes later, she will

be sweet and loving like her

normal self. Much of the

time, Mom is confused and

does not know my name, her

name, where she is, or what

she is doing there. The situation

is an emotional roller

coaster for a caregiver. I am

sure all caregivers understand

the difficulty of caring

for a loved one. Marie, I am

exhausted from the struggle,

and I wonder if we are really

obligated to keep our promise

never to put Mom in a

home. Mom always felt so

sorry for her sister, who lived

in a nursing home; she never

wanted to have that happen

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to her. Marie, what do you

think we should do?

Diane from Guilford

Dear Diane,

I am so sorry that you are

going through this emotional

battle of being a caregiver to

your mother. I’m sure it is

easy to justify that she cared

for you and that the time has

come for you to care for her.

I am sure there are days when

you think, “I cannot handle the

burden any longer.”

You are very fortunate to

have siblings with whom

to share the responsibility.

Perhaps it is feasible

for your mother to go to a

qualified Alzheimer care

facility. Do some research;

ask other family members if

they would be comfortable

with finding a loving facility

to care for your mom.

You may all find great relief

in visiting your mother in

a facility where you know

she is well cared for by

professional nurses and staff

members who have chosen

to make this their career. If

your mother understood the

situation as it is, would she

ask you to continue to care

for her at home?

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Paulette, after his discharge,

when he stopped at Frisch’s in

Aurora where she was working

as a car-hop waitress. They

were married on Oct. 11, 1968.

The Loziers had three children

and two grandchildren.

Izaak, Mr. Lozier’s grandson

who is eleven years old,

said his Grandpa was in

Heaven. He wants people to

know that he was an American

Hero. He doesn’t want

people to forget him.

Richard Wayne Sanders

Richard Wayne Sanders was

born on Aug. 26, 1944. He

entered the U.S. Army and was

stationed at the Nike Missile

Base in Dillsboro. While there

he met his future wife, Sandy

Cayton. They had one child

whom Mr. Sanders never met.

Dawn was seven months old

when Rick died in Vietnam.

Mr. Sanders served as a

From a Dog’s (Or Cat’s!) Point of View

By Lego and Tammy Turner

Hi, my name is Lego, a

ten-month-old brown tabby. I

am here at the shelter recuperating.

You see, I was found

by someone and brought to

the shelter because I had a

gunshot wound. PAWS took

me in and sent me to the vet

where I had to have surgery

to have my front leg removed.

I am doing really well now.

In fact, I have been made the

shelter cat. Actually, I am now

the ambassador for the shelter,

which means that I have full

run of the shelter. I can go

anywhere I want (except to

be with the dogs, because I

don’t think they want to be

my friend). I spend most of

the days curled up on my very

own chair where everyone

gives me love and attention,

toys, and blankets to keep me

warm. They say I’m spoiled,

but I just think I am very

well-loved. I try to show them

how much I appreciate them

for taking care of me. They

told me that I have a guardian

angel. Maybe that is you?

PAWS has something called

“The Angel Fund” to take

care of dogs and cats like me

who need special attention

or surgeries. You probably

remember some of my other

special friends that have been

helped by this fund. At the

same time I was having my

surgery, Sury was having his.

He is the Cocker Spaniel who

was found matted in a garbage

bag. He had his leg pinned,

but unfortunately, it didn’t

hold. He then had another

surgery with the hope that he

will be able to walk again.

Also helped by this fund was

a Mastiff named Cooper who

lost his eye because his owner

shot him. Nora is a retriever

mix who came into the shelter

last week, and she had been

poisoned. We are all doing

well and are healing nicely,

thanks to the Angel Fund and

special people.

The Angel Fund comes from

people like you who donate

money because they love animals

and want to see that we

have whatever we need to live

normal and happy lives. I call

them my “Guardian Angels”

because they gave money

without even meeting us. Even

though we have been let down

by some bad people, knowing

that there are still those who

are willing to give us the unconditional

love that we give

to them makes us happy.

If you are one of those

“Guardian Angels” who have

donated to the “Angel Fund,”

thank you. I love you for

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combat medic paratrooper.

He was awarded the Silver

Star, Bronze Star, several Air

Medals, and the Purple Heart.

He was involved in numerous

rescue missions to extricate

his fellow soldiers who were

badly wounded during battle.

On that fateful day of October

1, 1968 he was aboard a medical

evacuation helicopter on

a combat rescue mission near

Tam Ky when the chopper

was shot down. He was killed

in action on Oct. 1, 1968.

Bush White

Gerald Bush White

Bush White was born on

Nov. 16, 1924, in Switzerland

County. He served in

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1944-1946 and attained the

rank of Tech 5. He served


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with Co. I, 41st Armored

Infantry, 2nd Division. He

served in Ardennes, Rhineland

and Central Europe and

participated in the Battle of

the Bulge. Mr. White was

in the third wave at Omaha

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darkest memories is of seeing

the concentration camp at

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Mr. White’s commendations

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Medal, World War II Victory

Medal, Army Good Conduct

Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle

East (EAME) Medal with

three bronze stars, Bronze

Star Medal and the Purple

Heart Medal.

Bush White married Frances

“Fannie” Poling. They had

one daughter and three sons,

fifteen grandchildren, and

several great-grandchildren.

Mr. White has been honored

by the Cincinnati Reds as a

Hometown Hero and a Purple

Heart Recipient. He was also

honored on the field at Great

American Ball Park on another

occasion as a World War II

Veteran on the Anniversary of

VJ Day and the end of WWII.

He has been presented a Quilt

of Valor for his service as well

as a beautiful American Flag


Mr. White was recently

awarded the Sagamore of the

Wabash award by Governor

Holcomb. It is the highest

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that life is going to treat you White boxes in order.

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Correspondent health problems did come.




drove some 6177 miles, and brush guards

Ray had three more stents put we shared some one hundred on the front,

in, and I had knee

surgery, but thirty hours riding time. I like

not a common

sight here

we had long recuperated by the togetherness feeling of

the time we left. Yes, the old

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plates. I’m still wrong direction. We were always

lucky, Ray and I thought

in, backside first. Chrysler


looking Schmitsat it through my side researching why.

won’t let go. It doesn’t Paul matter them if I had a prescription. for Community a repeat.

Wisconsin, I Correspondent did not see a arrived where we wanted to

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for my doctor.

getting bored during those through The Dairy State. a good parking place.


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of slow in stride, and have Mary

single dairy farm on our route go. We always seemed to find



have some special attention to Long walks and standing 130 hours of riding? Well,


Corn and soybean fields We ate at lots of little

get going.

for some time are long gone, I can reduce that with some nudged right up to the often restaurants. Most of which

Community When Ray Correspondents

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but not on our meal in the Old Faithful Inn.

Happening In

That destination was Yellowstone

Park and Glacier saves Ray’s shoulders and MANCHESTER

lite radio. I had my time of Montana GREENDALE

was going to use all opposite of one trip several

into the back of the van. It Happening Willie’s In Roadhouse on satel-

journey. I wondered where We didn’t carry any food, the

Park. WI wanted hat's to stay Happening

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singing along with the country the baled hay we saw across years ago where we made it a

accessible rooms In in the the parks, We will plan to stay in ac-

music of the ‘60s and ‘70s. the state. I learned By they feed it goal to stop and picnic lunch



I noted all the flowers along to their cattle or Shirley


sell it. Wyoming

offered miles and miles Ray was a very good driver.

at scenic places.


Hillforest p Franklin

Victorian House Museum

the Poth way and was thrilled that

the fields of sunflowers were of pitiful pastures. Community We had one We were proud that he had




Mystery in Montana. whole day traveling Correspondent through not received one impatient

Linda Dinner Theater


Performed Hall by Rivertown Players

I took a survey of how corn in the Corn Husk State. blow of the horn... until we

many motorcyclists wore And I know you are curious

as to how my navigating low did not like the speed Ray

arrived at Madison. Some fel-

Friday & Saturday helmets. Of the twelve states

October 25 & 26-6:30 Community p.m. The Marquis Crossing

through which we traveled, went. Well, there was that pulled into a driveway.


Enjoy an evening of mystery

only Missouri and Nebraska


and intrigue in addition to a Ladies Society’s First

have a law that all cyclists


delicious harvest dinner at

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must wear helmets.

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Batta Annual Family Reunion

The Bernard and Elizabeth

Batta Family held their sixtyfifth

family reunion with a

theme of “Back Home on the

Farm.” Bernard and Elizabeth

are the parents of twelve children:

Delores Batta Hoffbauer,

Florence Batta Heinrich,

Leona Batta Weiler, Dorothy

Batta Roell, Howard, Richard,

Raymond, Viola Batta

Westrich, Arnold, Annabel

Batta Suttmiller, Clifford and

Ben Batta born between 1916

and 1936.

A daughter to Bernard

and Elizabeth, Ann Batta

Suttmiller and her husband

Dennis were congratulated

on celebrating their sixtyfifth

wedding anniversary in

June of 2019. Family members

who were babies at the

First Reunion in 1954 were

recognized: Jerry Batta,

Marg Weiler Powell, Tommy

Westrich, George Batta and

Jim Roell.

Approximately one hundred

thirty-one family members

attended: The oldest members

of the family were two of Bernard

and Elizabeth’s children,

Ann Suttmiller, along with her

husband Dennis, from West

Chester, Ohio and Ben Batta

along with his wife Rita from

Sunman. The youngest member

was Malcolm Garland at

thirteen days old, along with

his parents Shelby and Austin

Garland and brothers Landon

and Miles, and sister Ruthie

from Clarksburg, IN.

The next reunion is planned

for July 26, 2020.

For more information,

contact: Mike Chaney

MS Ed., RRT, Respiratory Care

Program Chair

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Chris Jack




St. Lawrence

Panther CC on the

Prowl with Fr. Ben

Many in the area, especially

in the running community, are

familiar with Father Jonathan

Meyer and his coaching at

East Central High School.

Father Meyer is the Pastor of

All Saints


Parish in northern

Dearborn Maxine County and shares

his love of Klump running with many

of the youth he coaches. Father

Meyer Community has done a fantastic

job, in Correspondent particular, coaching

the distance athletes for the

Trojans as part of cross

country and track programs.

The priestly connection

to running is now shared in

the area with another vibrant

priest at St. Lawrence Parish

in Lawrenceburg. Father

Benjamin Syberg came to St.

Lawrence in late June of 2018

and quickly engrossed himself

into the life of the community

as a whole.

While serving as an assistant

coach to Merle Hines for the

Lawrenceburg High School

track and field team last spring,

Father Ben began pursuing the

idea of starting a cross country

program at St. Lawrence Parish

School for the fall season

of 2019. He teamed up with

St. Lawrence School teacher

Bryan Wagner, an avid runner

himself, to start the cross country

program for fifth- through

eighth-grade students.

Father Ben has coached in

some capacity at the other

nearby schools during his previous

assignments as a priest in

the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

He most recently coached

at Springs Valley High School,

home of the “Hick from

French Lick” (Larry Bird), and

was successful in developing

solid distance runners with

multiple regional qualifiers on

numerous occasions.

The head coach at Springs

Valley felt fortunate to have

Father Ben be an influence

within the team with his

exceptional moral character as

a role model to the athletes. It

was also a great opportunity

in the small community to see

a priest in a different light as

someone readily involved in

other interests in their lives.

Father Ben’s time serving

as an assistant coach led him

to, admittedly, a selfish desire

to enjoy heading his team and

leading kids in the pursuit

of running. Father Ben and

Coach Wagner work together

to design the workouts for the

team, and both are powerful

motivators on the course during

the meets and at practice.

Both of these men possess

a desire to foster a running

culture in the community.

Father Ben has been running

since his days at Roncalli

High School in Indianapolis

where he competed as a cross

Members of the St. Lawrence School cross country team celebrate with a team picture

after the boys achieved the first meet victory for the program at the Ohio County Fairgrounds

in Rising Sun. (Photo courtesy of Fr. Ben Syberg)

country and middle-distance

runner. He continued his

recreational running throughout

college and after. Last fall

and early winter, Father Ben

trained to compete in his first

marathon in January 2019. He

and two other priests, Father

Daniel Bedel and Father

Michael Keucher, competed

in the Walt Disney World

Marathon and finished in a

very respectable 3:57.

Wagner’s adult life has

brought a great affinity for

running. He has run marathons

and other distance races.

Wagner is currently pursuing

the goal of qualifying to run

in the Boston Marathon.

Father Ben’s presence in the

parish brings interest simply

through his position as pastor.

Their combined enthusiasm

brought twenty-five kids to

the program in its inaugural

season. Most of the students

are from St. Lawrence. Three

of the runners attend St.

Mary’s Catholic School in

Aurora where Father Ben also

serves as pastor.

The schedule for the first

season was limited to only six

meets and a mock meet with

Greendale Middle School.

Despite the experience of the

runners, the team has had a

fantastic and fun season.

Father Ben lovingly described

being quite pleased

with the leadership shown

by his eighth-grade runners.

They have fostered a wonderful

and supportive atmosphere

within the team over various

grade levels and abilities and

have kept the fifth-graders

from driving him berserk.

All the same, he is excited to

watch the younger athletes

progress in their running as

the program continues.

Father Ben admits that he

genuinely wants to instill a

love of running in the children

who are a part of this new

program. While the team has

some talented young runners

who can compete in any race,

others are just discovering

their abilities. The burnout of

Even while warming up, the St. Lawrence Catholic School

cross country team sports a total of 25 members and

makes quite a presence at their meets. (Photo courtesy of

Fr. Ben Syberg)

a young athlete is something

he wishes to avoid while helping

them realize how to push

themselves to reach goals.

As for the reception onto

the running scene, other area

coaches and athletic directors

have been extremely accommodating

and overjoyed for

another team to grow the sport

and love of running. Setting

up meets to compete in was

no problem, and coaches were

understanding and helpful to

St. Lawrence runners when

preparing for a race.

Even more, the Panthers

command a presence when

they arrive with a large

number of athletes and great

parental support. Father Ben

remarked that everyone involved

with this endeavor has

been supportive and enthused

about helping.

Running offers the opportunity

for kids to support all the

athletes and not always just

the ones on one’s team. St.

Lawrence runners and parents

can be seen at every race encouraging

other runners while

feverishly cheering and holding

signs for its members.

While many high school

teams sport school canopies,

most middle schools do not.

However, St. Lawrence loves

to put up its large tent and

display the team sign, which is

probably larger than those of

most high schools. Undoubtedly,

their enthusiasm, numbers,

and spirit are great to witness.

Parents and other teams

have been understanding as

this new program gets off

the ground. During a meet

at Rising Sun, the St. Lawrence

team showed up at the

school looking for the race

course and not finding anything

directly at the school.

As is often the case with cross

country, schools will run in

various areas of the school

campus or even a nearby park

to accommodate the needs

and length of a course.

Such was the case at Rising

Sun. The middle school

course is run at the Ohio

County Fairgrounds. After

finally getting word of the

location, the team showed up

a bit late, but the folks at Rising

Sun showed no concern,

but rather a helpful nature.

Remember that this team

travels in several vehicles,

so getting them all redirected

to the proper location was a

bit of a task. However, this

meet was even one that the St.

Lawrence boys team won to

have the first experience of a

meet victory for the program.

While the school also sports

basketball teams, they don’t

have the means to have a

track and field program. Yet

the coaches encourage the

kids to join the Greendale

Middle School team in the

spring with the participation

agreement the schools enjoy,

once again, building community

of all. Father Ben himself

hopes to again assist in some

manner with the Lawrenceburg

track program.

Father Ben enjoys all sports

and is supportive of others,

but he hopes (along with

Coach Wagner) to continue

building this new program at

St. Lawrence School. With

a bit of a wry smile at the

end of our conversation, he

remarks that he hopes kids

will find great fun and dedication

to their running and stay

off the pitch, kicking around

a ball.

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As your new Beacon correspondent

for Bright/Sugar

Ridge, I look forward to

sharing your stories with our

community family. PLEASE

contact me with your stories,

special birthdays/anniversaries

or celebrations so I can


I want to say THANK YOU

to Debby Stutz as she ‘retires’

after about ten years as

our Bright correspondent. Sit

back, and relax with a nice

glass of wine... I know where

you can get some great wine!

I have lived in Bright for

thirty-three years. I am a

member of the Bright Lions as

well as Bright American Legion

Post 132. I served in the

US Air Force and look forward

to saluting each month a

few of our local veterans. This

month’s salute goes to the

East Central 2019 grads who

enlisted in one of the military

services. The Bright American

Legion and the Bright Lions

held a dinner and recognized

these young men and women

and their families. Those new

enlistees are as follows:

• Mary Bertke-Army National




• Owen Fanning- Army National


• Joey Fields- Army

• Kelsee Lainhart- Marines

• Addison Muckerheide-

Coast Guard

• Maggie Ravenna- Marines

• Klay Shipman- Air Force

• Wyatt Thatcher- Marines

Thank you to each of these

young women and men for

their service.

The Bright Lions recognized

Ed Brack for twentytwo

years of service with

the Lions. Ed, wife Jeanna,

and daughter Lyndsey have

moved south to Florida to be

near son Dustin. Best wishes

and enjoy retirement, Ed. And

Jeanna, be patient with him

during the transition.

At the same meeting, the

Bright Lions presented a

$3000 donation to High Point

Health for the new cancer

center to be located in Greendale.

The Bright Lions also provides

‘loaner’ hospital beds,

wheelchairs, walkers, etc. free

of charge if you or someone

in your family has a need.

The annual North Dearborn

Pantry Bunco Night (Ladies

night out) was recently held.

Between ticket sales, raffles

and split the pot, the ladies

raised $3650 for the Pantry.

Thank you, ladies.

The Ninth Annual Jack’s

Forever 3 5K run/walk was

held on Sept. 14. This year’s

theme was “Still Running.” It

is held each year in memory

Ed Brack receved award

from Bright Lions member

Alan Goodman.

of Jack Allan Carpenter. The

marathon is a part of Jack’s

Forever 3 Foundation created

to honor/remember/give back.

Thanks to the Carpenter and

Fox families and friends for

a wonderful remembrance


Twice this late summer, we

saw examples of our community

coming together to help.

The Waltz family held their

‘Support #CharleighStrong’

efforts. At the Barn Winery,

and other local businesses

held fundraisers to support

this effort. Thanks to all who

donated time, money, and

baskets to make these events

so successful.

I plan to close each month

with some “words of wisdom”

(definitely not mine) from

others. Being nervous about

my first article, I thought this

was a good one. From the

novel Pelican Point- “Shoot

for the moon because even if

you miss, you are still among

the stars.”

Happy Halloween

Race winners. Front: Paige Carpenter, Ashlyn Blankenship,

Allison Carpenter, Christa Makrancy, Faith Hendersen,

Jessie Doll, Tim Doll, John Eldridge. Back: Brayden

Huber, David Nash, Owen Hagen, Mary Graf, Jackie

Gaynor, Nicole Reising, Jan Frazee, Dave Kappesser.

Bright Lions presentation to Highpoint Health. Shown are

Sarah Siegrist, Cathy Dunevant, Joe Alig, Art Little, Michael

Schwebbler, Celeste Calvitto, and Robert “Rocky” Schroeder.








Ahhhh, BOO! Halloween

is such a popular holiday

season for so many people!

Decorations of all sorts displayed

around HVL. Ghosts,

jack-o-lanterns, spider webs,

and those fun Halloween

light-up, and blow-ups! And

we can’t forget the bags of

candy we’ve all started to

accumulate (and sneaking a

piece or two daily, lol) for

the big day… the 31st!!! The

annual Halloween Walk will

be Sunday, Oct. 27, 2-3:30

P.M. starting near the beach

parking lot. Pre-sale times for

tickets will be listed prior to

the event and will be sold that

day. The Children’s Activity

Club give a big “Thank you”

to all of the amazing volunteers

who make our community

incredible for the kids!

November Birthdays:

Celeste Calvitto, Melissa

Lahey, Nathan Embleton,

Tatum Johnson, Eric Johnson,

Elle Jankovsky, Vicki

Shroyer, Cade Johnson,

Cari Heinrich, Amanda

Bagby, Trevor Fricke, Dan

Fricke, Tammy Koontz,

Greg Johnson, Gary Miller.

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Several St. Leon residents

attended the twenty-fifth

Franklin Antique Machinery

Show in Brookville. Every

year the show gets bigger and


St. Joseph American Legion

Post 464, St. Leon, will be

hosting the Hoxworth Blood

Drive on Nov. 6 from 1:30-

7:30 P.M. Call Marilyn

White to reserve a time at

812-212-2371. Come out and

give an hour of your time to

donate a pint of blood to help

out those in need and enjoy

some of Jerry’s great chili!!

Representing our auxiliary

unit at Indiana Girls State

competition were Alyssa

Bailey, Hannah Greene, and

Elizabeth Schuman. Girls

State is a program designed

to educate young women of

Indiana in the duties, privileges,

rights, and responsibilities

of citizenship. The girls

experience a week of learning

the political system of Indiana

through a mythical city,

county, and state. The girls

learned a lot and made many

new friends!

Congratulations go out to

Michelle and Damon Simon

on the birth of their daughter,




Pete Andres, Nettie Andres, Harold Rosfeld, Karen Fox,

Debbie Zimmer, John Rosfeld, Cheryl Bond, Tom Rosfeld,

Carol Fox and Rosemary Powell enjoyed a visit together.

Myla Mae on August 15.

Welcoming her home is her

big brother Knox, grandparents

Mary Jane and Don

Cull, and great grandparents

Martha and Joe Schuman.

Congratulations go out

to Jennie Maune who was

elected to the position of Indiana

Department President for

the American Legion Auxiliary.

She will have a hectic year

traveling all over the state to

visit the many units that are

scattered throughout the state.

She will do a great job representing

our great state for the

next year!!

Pete Andres from California

recently visited his

Indiana cousins. We gathered

in Harrison to enjoy a meal

together. Attending were

Nettie Andres, Karen Fox,

Cheryl Bond; Kim, Owen,

Lauren Switzer, Vince and

Barb Andres, David Andres,

Carol Fox, Rosemary Powell,

Harold Rosfeld, Tom

Rosfeld, and John and Lisa

Rosfeld. We enjoyed spending

time together and catching

up on the latest happenings on

the West Coast!

Deepest sympathy goes out

to Stephanie and Matt Dole

and their family on the recent

passing of Stephanie’s mother,

Susan Jane Childress Corson.

Stephanie, our thoughts and

prayers are with all of you at

this time of great sorrow.

Ron and I recently lost

our good friend, Dale Allen.

He was one of our wedding

party members some fifty

years ago. Ron and Dale were

best friends in high school

and had a lot of great times

together. Dale was the owner

of Klump’s Tavern for many

years. He is survived by his

brother, Don Allen, a special

nephew Jim Allen and many

other nieces and nephews.

November Birthdays– 1 Ed

Gutzwiller, Sandy Stenger,

Lydia Trabel and Jake Hoog,

2 Leon Werner, 3 my niece

Roxanne Haag, 4 Barb

Schmeltzer, 5 Nate Werner,

6 JJ Stenger and Jessica







Milan’s own Jessica

Small-Summers has

been chosen as the 2019

Educator of the Year by the

Ripley County Chamber

of Commerce! Ms. Small-

Summers began teaching

chemistry and physics at

Milan High School in 2013.

She and her husband, Mike,

live in Sunman.

Ms. Small-Summers is

credited with adding both AP

Chemistry and AP Physics to

the school curriculum within

the first three years of her

Stenger, 7 Lauren Deddens,

8 Sarah Alig, Donna

Davidson and Luke Spade,

9 Russell McCann, 10 Don

Cull, Paul Horstman, Nick

Weigel, Doty Bischoff and

Rebecca Baker, 11 Gina

Hoffman and Christie Bauman,

13 Shelly Fischer, 14

cousin Missy Andres and

Duane Werner, 15 Rod

Rudisell, Don Schuman and

Karen Schuman, 16 Bernie

Schlarmann and Arleen

Wuestefeld, 17 Amy Kurelic

and Nicki Hart, 18 my niece

Megan Fox, 19 Nate Dole

and Steve Eisele, 20 Reagan

Whitehead and Margie

Zapf, 21 Jeremy Lobenstein,

Trisha Perry and Marlene

Vogelsang, 22 Andy Schwegman,

Connie Wilhelm, Pat

Stenger, Tracy Stenger and

cousin Ella Rose Schneider,

23 Chris Hall, 24 Don

Stenger and nephew Patrick

Andres, 26 Wilfred Bischoff,

cousin Mike DiMeglio, 27

Tony Bischoff, 29 Scott

Ruwe and Bonnie Lobenstein,

30 Tony Wilson.

Get in touch with me with

any news items for the column


tenure at

the high




a teacher,




served in

the Air


Educator of the

Year Jessica


an experience that fueled

her determination to pursue

progress. She holds a

master’s degree from the

University of Cincinnati.

In her spare time, Ms.

Small-Summers enjoys

hiking, camping, and

spending time with her


Ms. Small-Summers will

be honored at Ripley County

Chamber’s annual dinner on

Thursday, Oct. 24.

November in Dearborn County, Southeast Indiana...the Perfect Place to Play!

Lawrenceburg’s Whiskey City Festival Perfect North Slopes Annual Sale & Swap Hillforest Victorian Christmas Winter Wonderland in Lawrenceburg

November 1-30 – Dillsboro Arts Friendship

Gallery Exhibit - Gallery located at 12926 Bank

Street, Dillsboro, Indiana. Exhibit: 6 degrees: Dillsboro

Connections Part Two. Open: Tuesdays: 6-8PM;

Thursdays: 4-8PM; Saturdays: 10AM-2PM. 812-532-


November 1-3 – Perfect North Slopes Annual

Sale & Swap - Perfect North Slopes, 19074 Perfect

Lane, Lawrenceburg. Get everything you need for

another season on the slopes, and check out all the

deals on new skis, snowboards and other merchandise

in the Loft Shop. Swap area available for trading,

buying and selling used equipment. Info: 812-537-3754


November 1-2 – Southeastern Indiana Art Guild

Workshop - Art Guild Studios, 302 Second Street,

Aurora. Yuki Hall presents “Watercolor - Painting

Fluidly”. $225.00 per person. Registration required

by October 12, by emailing

or call Chris at 812-221-1252.


November 1-30 – Casey’s Outdoor Solutions

Events & Workshops - Casey’s is located at 21481

State Line Road, Lawrenceburg. Monthly educational

and fun events and classes for all ages. Info: 812-537-

3800 or

November 1-30 – The Framery Events, Camps and

Classes - 84 East High Street, Lawrenceburg. Monthly

classes, parties, and camps. Included are pottery,

fused glass, and painting. Info: 812-537-4319 or

November 2 – Lawrenceburg’s Whiskey City

Festival - Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut

Street, Lawrenceburg. The city of Lawrenceburg hosts

the annual Whiskey City Festival. The event showcases

the city’s ties to the distilling industry and offers a full

slate of whiskey related activities. Included are tastings

by select distillers, master distillers and craft brewers,

local wineries, educational displays and live music,

food and more. Info: 812-537-4507 or

November 2-3 – St. John Fall Craft Show and

Chicken Dinner - a ministry of All Saints Parish. 25743

State Route 1, Dover. Historic 12 room schoolhouse is

filled with crafts--wood, fabric, floral, jewelry, candles

and home baked goods. Info: 812 576-4302 or www.

November 2-3 – Indiana Wine Trail - Fall Haul at

Holtkamp Winery - 11am-5pm each day. Holtkamp

Winery, 10868 Woliung Road, New Alsace. Seven

wineries on the Trail will have a variety of wine and

food pairings. Enjoy foods created using wines from

each winery. Holtkamp was established in 2013 and

will feature over 20 wines, ranging from dry to dessert

wines. Info: 513-602-5580 or www.holtkampwinery.

com. For more information on the Indiana Wine Trail


November 3, 10, 17, 24 – Carnegie Hall Open for

Tours - Carnegie Hall, 14687 Main Street, Moores Hill,

Indiana. Open Sundays 1pm-5pm or by appointment.

Carnegie Hall was built in 1907 and houses three

museums, a local Military, Indiana History, and a

museum filled with local memorabilia. Info: 812-744-

4015 or

November 3 & 7 – Veraestau Open for Tours

- Veraestau Historic Home, 4696 Veraestau Lane,

Aurora. Open the first Sunday and Thursday of each

month, 1PM-4:00PM. Admission $5.00 or free for

Indiana Landmark members. Veraestau is set on a bluff

with a sweeping view of the Ohio River and Kentucky

below and was nominated to the National Register of

Historic Places in 1973. Info: 812-926-0983 or www.

November 3 – All-You-Can-Eat Turkey Dinner and

Christmas Bazaar - 11am-4pm. Presented by New

Alsace American Legion Auxilliary, 25329 Legion Road,

New Alsace. Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, plus

raffles, craft items and bake sale to benefit the Legion.

$12.00/age 13 and up; $6.00/ages 3-12; free/under age

3. Info: 812-576-4186

November 3 – Carnegie Hall Annual

Thanksgiving Dinner - 11:30AM-2:00PM, Carnegie

Hall, 14687 Main Street, Moores Hill. A traditional

Thanksgiving dinner served in a historic former

co-ed college building. Free will donations accepted.

Info: 812-744-4015 or

November 7-9 – Blue Willow House Christmas

- 9960 Front Street, Dillsboro, IN. Three floors of

antiques, home decor, clothing, jewelry, candles,

soaps, lotions and gifts, located in a lovely home built

in 1912. Info: 812-432-3330 or

November 9 – Travis Tritt in Concert - 7:30PM

at Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut Street,

Lawrenceburg. Doors open at 7PM. Grammy winner

Travis Tritt brings his bluesy mix of Southern rock and

honky-tonk to Lawrenceburg! Free shuttle service from

Hollywood Casino to the Event Center. Tickets may be

purchased at

November 12 – Oxbow Program - Removing

Exotic Invasive Species and Native Replacements

- 7:30PM at Oxbow, Inc. office, 301 Walnut Street,

Lawrenceburg. Discussion about what works and what

doesn’t, when restoring your landscape. Help for your

own yard and for the Oxbow property as well. Info:

812-290-2941 or

November 15-16 – Over the Moon Vintage

Holiday Market – Agner Hall at Lawrenceburg

Fairgrounds, U.S. Route 50, Lawrenceburg. Friday,

4PM-9PM; Saturday, 9AM-4PM. A delightful inside

market full of repurposed, vintage, worn, chippy,

rusted items with patinas showing decades of

wear. Info: 513-604-7983 or


November 15 – Get Wine(d), Dine(d) & Chocolate

in Aurora - 5-8pm. Presented by Main Street Aurora.

Shop participating businesses and enter to win a grand

prize. Info: 812-926-1100 or

November 20-Dec 29 – A Victorian Christmas

Exhibit at Hillforest - Hillforest Victorian

House Museum, 213 Fifth Street, Aurora. Open

Tuesday through Sunday, 1:00PM-5:00PM. Closed

Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Experience the warmth and charm of the 163 year old

Hillforest as it is decorated for the Christmas Holidays.

Regular admission charged: $10.00/14 and older;

$4.00/7-13 years; Free/6 and under. Info: 812-926-

0087 or

November 22-24 – Holiday Shopping Expo

- Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut Street,

Lawrenceburg. Shop an enormous selection of unique

hand made items, home decor, gift cards, stocking

stuffers and more. Admission: $5.00 ages 13 and older.

Free ages 12 & under. Free parking. Info: 513-260-2886


November 23 – Hillforest Peppermint Tea Time -

11AM at Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth

Street, Aurora. Children and parents will enjoy a fun

Peppermint themed tea, featuring a tour of Hillforest

as it is decorated for Christmas and creating a

special holiday craft. Reservations required: 812-926-

0087 or

November 30-Dec 1 – Winter Wonderland in

Lawrenceburg - Winter Wonderland in downtown

Lawrenceburg begins Saturday & Sunday, November

30 & December 1. Saturday is Small Business

Saturday and family activities begin with Breakfast

with Santa at Lawrenceburg Community Center. The

Winter Wonderland parade brings the arrival of Santa

and Mrs. Claus. The lighting of the city’s Christmas tree

will take place Sunday evening. 812-537-4507 or

November 30-Dec 21 – Dearborn Highlands Arts

Council-Arts Alive! Art Fair & Gift Bazaar - 331

Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg. Pottery, painting,

artwear, candles, lotions, stained glass, woodworking,

quilts and more. Silent Auction on Nov. 30. Info: 812-

539-4251 or

Dearborn County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Bureau

320 Walnut Street • Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025


1-800-322-8198 or


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In honor of Patriot Day, St.

Louis School educators and

students invited first responders

to lunch at the school’s

Cardinal Café to show support

for their local heroes on

9/11. Principal Chad Moeller

noted, “We want to remember

the civilians and first

responders who lost their

lives along with their family

and friends who continue

to grieve.” While the first

responders were gathered in

the café, students prayed over

them for their protection.

Earlier in the day, a group

of SLS students visited the

police station and fire house

to deliver care packages and

homemade cards to express

their appreciation to these

everyday heroes.

Parks News

A park is being developed

on Batesville’s north side

along Six Pine Ranch Road.

Parks & Recreation Commissioner,

Mike Baumer

reported, “Construction is

nearing completion as the

playground installation, shelters,

paving and final grading

all took place in August. The

3-acre location will feature

a walking trail, playground,

and nature preserve. Organizations

and private citizens

have graciously donated

many of the items at the park.

In addition, Mike reported

that improvements continue

within Brum Woods

on Batesville’s south side.

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road grindings were spread

over half of Trail 2 thanks to

volunteers Andy Haakinson,

Gary Lunsford, Jim Bauman,

Adam Gehring, and

Larry Schutte. The goal is

to pave the trails so they may

be accessible year-round.


St. Louis School students pray over Batesville Police, Fire

& Rescue Officers (Photo by Samantha Giesting.)

Students are pictured with Sgt. Chris Smith and Police

Chief Stan Holt.


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A glimpse of the north side

park trail.

Preparing for the holidays

Launch your Christmas

shopping on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Batesville’s Beta Sigma Phi

Sorority hosts its Holiday Bazaar

from 10-3 at the Batesville

Primary School with

over one hundred vendors offering

hand-crafted gifts and

décor along with a Cookie

Walk and refreshments. Free

admission – but bring your

money as you won’t want to

miss out on these treasures!

(See their ad on page 10B.)

The aroma of a mouth-watering

holiday dinner will fill

the air as the parishioners of

the Batesville United Methodist

Church host their Turkey

Dinner on Saturday, Nov.

9 from 4-6:30 at their hall on

S. Park Avenue. Convenient

carry-outs will be available,

and all are welcome. (See

their ad on page 11B.)

That’s Sue’s news for now!







I love my early morning

walks. A long four and a half

years have passed since my

exercise class closed, and I

began walking. Many miles

have been walked throughout

the streets of Greendale and

Lawrenceburg with my walking

buddies Celeste Calvitto

and Peggy Osborne. We are

known as the streetwalkers







It’s always a pleasant surprise

when someone performs

a random act of kindness to

let you know they care about

you. The All Saints Ladies

Sodality prayer shawl ministry

has been doing just that

since July 2014.

In 2010, Kim Zimmerman

was battling breast cancer and

undergoing chemotherapy,

when a friend of her mother’s

surprised her with a prayer

shawl. Kim learned that her

mother’s friend received a

prayer shawl from a church

near Versailles, and when she

learned that Kim had cancer,

asked the church if she

could give one to a friend’s

daughter. Kim was touched

when she received the prayer

shawl, knowing that people

were praying for her. She still

treasures it today.

In 2014 during an All Saints

Ladies Sodality meeting, Kim

suggested starting a prayer

shawl ministry and distributing

shawls to those in need.

Kim’s only challenge was

that she didn’t know how to

crochet! Luckily, Sue Batta,

who was a grade school classmate

of Kim’s, knew how to

crochet and offered to help.

Sue and Kim asked others

to join them, and on July 10,

2014, they handed out their

first prayer shawl.

and have started out as early

as 6:30 A.M., and as late as

7:15 A.M. When it rains or is

cold, we walk in the gym or

the parking garage near Ivy

Tech. We have found six dogs

and a kitten who have been

dropped off at the beginning of

the walking path trail. Corralling

them into the woman’s and

man’s bathroom so that animal

control could pick them up, has

become an exercise class of its

own. We have also chased a

dog down the middle of Walnut

Street along the side of US 50,

finally capturing him on Water

Street. His owner was found.

One morning a small kitten

decided to follow us around

Lawrenceburg, greeting us with

loud meows the entire time we

were walking. We named the

only duck we see, “Quackers.”

One scary moment for us

was when we walked past a

storefront in Lawrenceburg

and saw a man sleeping on

a high stool in the corner of

the storefront window. We

decided not to do anything

until we walked by again and

saw him bent down; that’s

when we called 911. He was

fine, but we have no idea why

he was sleeping on a stool in a

storefront window.

Lots of mornings, we have

been greeted in Lawrenceburg

by a man riding his bike to


Currently, sixteen women

meet on the first Wednesday

of the month to crochet and

pray for the recipients of the

prayer shawls. Each shawl has

a tag sewn with a miraculous

medal and is identified as being

made by the All Saints Ladies

Sodality. Kim distributes

the shawls to those in need,

including nursing home residents.

In the past five years,

five hundred fifty prayer

shawls have been distributed.

The recipients are touched,

knowing that someone cares

about them and is praying for

their health. Prayer shawls are

available to anyone in need,

regardless of location. On occasion,

they have been mailed

by request. If you know anyone

who needs a prayer shawl

or would like to learn more

about this group, contact Kim


Our condolences to the family

of Dale Allen, who passed

away on Sept. 13. Dale was the

owner of Klump’s Tavern. He

was a member of St. John Lutheran

Church – Hubbell’s and

the New Alsace Conservation

Club. Dale’s hobbies included

playing cards. Dale is survived

by his brother Don Allen, special

nephew Jim (Amy) Allen,

several nieces, nephews, and

great-nieces and nephews.

I would love to hear from

you! If you have news in the

New Alsace area you’d like

me to share, please contact me


Editor’s note- We sadly

share that Sue Batta lost her

battle with cancer recently.

The Beacon sends condolences

to her family and friends.

One person’s trash was our


work. He is now retired but

still rides his bike around


Walking the streets in Greendale

the morning of garbage

pickup day can yield a variety

of items to take home or to drop

off at PAWS. We have found

things from packing boxes,

kid’s toys, bikes, and furniture.

Our latest stash was two stools.

We have experienced beautiful

sunrises and a cloud formation

of a soaring eagle. Walks

early in the morning can be

peaceful or adventurous.

Condolences go out to the

Dickerson family with the

passing of Wilma. The Dickerson’s

have been our neighbors

for many years. Wilma

baby sat for several children

throughout the years and was

known as the pie lady because

of her delicious pies. We will

miss sitting on the swing in the

front yard talking to Wilma.

Happy birthday this month

to Debbie Seymour on Oct. 8!


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At the corner of York Ridge

and Kuebel Roads is a small

cemetery known as York Ridge

Cemetery. No visible sign

identifies the cemetery. I’ve

wondered who’s buried in the

cemetery and who maintains

it. Many cemeteries in our area

are owned and managed by local

churches. We are fortunate

enough to have people to help

maintain them to show respect

for our ancestors.

I did a little research and

spoke with Gene Cleary, who

serves on the cemetery committee

for All Saints Parish- St.

Martin campus in Yorkville.

While the ownership of the

property is unclear, a property

deed states that a Methodist

church owns the cemetery.

However, York Township has

been caring for the property for

years. According to ancestry.

com, the cemetery is known as

York Ridge Cemetery, which

served as a public graveyard

where many local pioneers are

buried. I recently stopped at the

cemetery and noticed that many


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The tradition continues …

For many students attending

Oldenburg Academy, they

follow a long line of family

members who are OA Alums,

and for others, their entry into

the Academy starts a new

family tradition. In September,

OA students invited their

grandparents to join them for

a day on campus with a Mass

in the Sisters’ Chapel. The

historic chapel was filled with

a standing-room-only crowd.

President Diane Laake reflected

on the words of Pope

Francis when she addressed

those gathered sharing, “How

precious is the family as the

privileged place for transmitting

the faith! How important

grandparents are for family

life, for passing on the human

and religious heritage which

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of the headstones are in need of

repair or need to be reset.

A few years ago, the St. Martin

cemetery committee helped

improve their cemetery. During

that time, Mr. Cleary learned

how tilted headstones are reset.

While speaking with Brenda

Kopec, Mr. Cleary learned

that Ms. Koper’s great-greatgrandparents,

Josiah and Caroline

Campbell, are buried in

the York Ridge Cemetery, and

their tombstones needed to be

reset. Since Gene had some

knowledge about the process,

he offered to help.

Gene discovered that

the tombstones were more

challenging to reset than

he thought, so he enlisted

the help of Greg Callahan.

While resetting the Campbell’s

tombstones, Mr. Callahan

and Mr. Cleary noticed

that many headstones in the

cemetery need to be reset or

repaired. Mr. Callahan serves

as the York Township Trustee.

Since the township maintains

the cemetery, he was able

to secure funding to fix the

headstones. The work will

begin in the spring of 2020


and will continue for the next

several years. Thank you to

Greg and Gene for your work

to improve the cemetery!

Our condolences to the

family of Dorothy Steinmetz

who passed away on Sept. 2.

Dorothy was involved in St.

Martin’s church by organizing

meals and events. She also

embroidered quilts for the annual

church festival raffle. She

was an active member and former

president of the American

Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary in

New Alsace. Mrs. Steinmetz

leaves behind her sons Daniel

(Patti), Donald (Sue Ann),

James (Jane), Russell (Anita),

Ralph (Teresa), and Thomas

(Jenny); grandchildren Brian,

Samuel, Alec, Gabriel, Drew,

Julie, Andrew, Megan, Maria,

Benjamin (Michelle), Rachel,

David, Anthony, William,

Joshua, Jacob, Olivia, and

Jocelyn; sisters Marjorie (Edward)

and Roselyn (Raymond)

and brother Gerald (Janet).

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The ’Burg will soon shine

brighter …

At the September meeting,

Oldenburg Town Council

(OTC) announced that

the ’Burg will purchase

sixty LED streetlights. OTC

President Dennis Moeller

noted that the cost will be

determined after members

sign a contract for the lights.

The ’Burg will save fiftyeight

percent of its monthly

streetlight payments once the

energy-efficient bulbs are installed.

The OTC is checking

with Duke Energy to see if the

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President Moeller thanked

Sister Claire Whalen for her

efforts in encouraging Oldenburgers

to be more conscious

of the environment. The OTC

agreed to purchase the book,

“Climate Action Planning

for Smaller Towns” that she


As noted in a previous

column, the village people

continue to work on the

’Burg’s comprehensive plan.

Committee leader Jeff Paul

reported, “The final version

has been drafted, and copies

are forthcoming.”

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The Hiltz Cousins Family

Reunion was held this year at

Jake and Stef Hiltz’s farm in

Dover (formerly the farm of

Wilfred and Betsy Hiltz). A

pitch-in dinner was held with

plenty of goodies and drinks

provided by the whole family.

Thirteen cousins attended

the event. One cousin came

all the way from Atlanta, GA.

Bet you can’t guess who that

was!! Others attending were

Joe and Cheryl Lieland,

Ken and Rhonda Trabel,

Gary(Bud) and Jane Hiltz,

Bernie and Lisa Nobbe, and

Don and Lynn Schultz.

Congratulations to Joe and

Cheryl Lieland who celebrated

their forty-seventh wedding

anniversary on Sept. 2. Best

wishes for many more years to


Fall is well upon us, and

many fall festivals and craft

shows will be taking place. All

Saints Parish is having their

annual craft show and chicken

dinner on Nov. 2-3. Crafts and

sandwich and soup bar available

on Saturday. The famous

chicken dinner will be offered

on Sunday. Times are 9 A.M.-

4 P.M. on Saturday and 11

A.M.-5 P.M. on Sunday. Come

shop for Christmas and enjoy

the Chicken Dinner! (See ad

on page 10B.)

If you have any news in the

Dover area that you would

like to share, please email me

at dover@goBEACONnews.


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Jerry and Dee Hacker and friends, Pat & Rick Paul, of Hidden

Valley Lake enjoyed the evening.

Garden Club members Chris McGraw, Charlotte Hastings,

Cindy Rottinghaus, Kathy Whitham, Phee Ellinghausen,

Maggie Drury, & Ginny Boyer.







By the time you read this,

Aurora will be all abuzz

decorating the city and getting

ready once again for our Fall

in Love with Aurora event on

Oct. 17. We’ll have music,

food, fun, and hayrides at our

beloved Gabbard Riverfront

Park 5 P.M.-9 P.M. You’ll

have to make a point to come

down, celebrate fall with us,

and see who wins the decorating

and scarecrow contest.

You’ll be glad you came!

This past month has been

filled with a LOT of those

“glad we came” moments in

Aurora as we’ve continued to

celebrate our 200th birthday.

To start, I attended a walking

tour of the churches in

downtown Aurora, led by Jim

Waldon. We were delighted

to learn about the different

churches and listen to the



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various organs in most of the

churches. Interestingly, Jim

does not wear the same shoes

to play the different organs

as each church’s organ has

a unique “feel” of the foot


Sept. 7 found Mark and me

with a full schedule with the

“Friends of Hillforest” open

house. I asked Mark to drop

me off at the bottom of the

hill so I could run up and get

a few photos for the Beacon.

Long story short, Mark came

up, and we stayed for the entire

event. It was another one

of those Norman Rockwell

moments in our city.

Just a few evenings after

the Hillforest event was the

monthly Park Board and City

Council meetings, and I’m glad

I went. I got to meet, Doug

Pyles, uncle to Aiden Pyles,

a second-grader at Aurora Elementary.

Like his classmates,

Aiden loves fire trucks and life

squads. Unlike the other children,

though, Aiden has battled

leukemia for about four years.

He is finally cancer-free.

The dedication of an Ivory

Silk White Lilac tree was held

behind City Hall to honor

Witches Ball

(Warlocks Welcome)

Saturday, October 19th


Appetizers, costume contest, games

Steve Brooks Music

$20.00 per person

Great Crescent Brewery, 315 Importing


Aurora Ghost Walk

Thursday, October 24th


Eerie tales told while strolling through

the historic downtown. Includes tour of

Hillforest, witches brew & treats.

$10.00 per person


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Chandra Mattingly. The tree

was planted near the door

where Chan would enter the

building to attend our City

Council meetings. She was a

friend to all she met. An interesting

note- Chan was a very

accomplished dressage rider

and loved her horses! She was

selfless. She cared. She loved

her family and friends; she

loved nature; she loved God.

She shared with me that she

was at peace and knew where

she was going. Chan was my

friend, and I try very hard to

keep the plants alive that she

has shared with me. I know

her legacy and love of life and

nature will continue.

On 9/11, the LST-325, a

WWII ship, pulled into the

port of Aurora. I am still trying

to recover from the flurry

Chan’s close friend and

co-worker, Joe Awad, was

very emotional as he spoke

about Chandra Mattingly.

of weekend activity that came

along with the LST. (See complete

article at

Even MORE activity has

occurred in the city. It was

Shown here “cheesing” for

the camera is Luke Johnson

and grandpa, Hank Armbruster

of Greendale.

truly a day to “Celebrate

Aurora.” We started out with

coffee and doughnuts at the

Library Depot, followed by

FREE horse-drawn trolley

rides around town.

Sunday was a BIG, BIG

day at the riverfront with the

Veterans ceremony, LST-325

tours, the 9/11 Steel memorial,

free military displays

and boat rides, and riverboat

cruises. The day culminated

with breathtaking fireworks.

Cincinnati & their Labor Day

fireworks got nuttin’ on us.

Bicentennial Celebration and Volunteers Bond Our Community

By Charlotte Hastings

When I was chairman of

Aurora’s 175th birthday I had

no idea that I would be fortunate

to once again be involved

in such an historic event.

Mayor Donnie Hastings commented

that, to commemorate

Aurora’s bicentennial, he

would like to have the LST

ship grace our riverfront once

again. After being persistent

with letters and phone calls,

they decided to visit Aurora

again. Thank you, Captain


The event was such a big

undertaking but well worth

the effort. We brought back

a large display of military

equipment from Bill Scott of

the Kilroy Chapter of Louisville.

The Aurora Fire Department

displayed their retired

trucks. Lawrenceburg brought

their military deuce-and-a-half

to let the kids climb on. Rohert

Rudy brought the piece

of Steel from 9/11. Bill Yelton

displayed his truck and trailor

with the amphibious car.

Historian Roy Lambert

spoke during a well-attended

dinner cruise. Amazing fireworks

concluded the event.

The purpose of the LST is to

educate the younger generation

about what many of their

relatives experienced during

WW2 through the Vietnam

wars. Judy and Nick Ullrich,

Margaret Drury, and area

teachers had over one thousand

students tour the ship.

Sunday was an emotional

time on stage with John

Popovitch, our guest speaker,

Nick Ullrich, the veteran

speaker, and PG Gentrup

being the emcee. State Representative

Randy Frye and

Tamara Taylor presenting

Attention registered voters

living within the Aurora city limits:

To VOTE on Tuesday, November 5 th


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Church Leader, Married 44 years,

Father - Grandfather,

U.S. Army Veteran, American Legion member,

Aurora City Councilman 4th District,

Chairman Aurora Historic Preservation,

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Board member Regional Sewer District

Active with Aurora: Redevelopment Commission,

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Paid for by: Mark A. Drury for Mayor

PG and Mayor Hastings with

resolutions from the governor

recognizing their service to

our community. Yours truly

received the key to the LST

from Captain Kubota. Paul

Elliott played taps. Linda

Rechtin and her students sang

a salute to the veterans during

which each branch standing

and being recognized. All

stood and were recognized

with the singing of God Bless

America and the B-25 bomber

fly over while the ships shot

their guns in unison.

So many area businesses

and foundations made this

event possible, including The

City of Aurora, Dearborn

County CVB, DCCF, Civista

Charitable Foundation, Highpoint


Kathy Whitham, Ayden

Hastings, Kathy Piratt,

Teresa Wynn, Donnie Hastings,

Gwenevier Emery, Joy

Lyons, Chris McGraw, and

Legion volunteers helped

with military boat rides. Kim

Smith and Theresa Roedl coordinated

the cruise, Dwayne

Roepke and Brian Cutter set

off the fireworks, Nancy and

Ken Ray handled the bricks

for Lesko Park’s veterans’

memorial. Debbie Smith and

Connie Cleary worked tirelessly

every day. Margaret and

Mark Drury, Cindy Rottinghaus,

Ray Brown, Allan

Clark, Kevin, Paul Elliott,

Doris Smith, Patrick Meyer,

Dave Schwegeman.

We can always depend on

Bill Black and the water rescue

gang, Bob Brookbank,

Tony Vinson, Deb Peters,

David Omalley for the B-25

bomber flyover. The support

of Robert Lischkge, Brett

Fehrman, Chip Farrell, and

Nick Ullrich made the event

on the water possible.

A special thanks to Jerry

Hacker who was in charge

of traffic and golf carts. Carts

and drivers Jeff Bittner, Ron

Spurlock, Dave Ernst, Bill

Ritzman, Bill Moff, Terry

Taylor, Fred Lester, and

Vietnam Veterans. The community

was so fortunate with

so many volunteers. That’s

the way it goes in a small city.

Everyone worked hard, had

fun, and made it happen. Over

ten thousand people toured the

LST and honored veterans.


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A recent gathering at our

family barn was a great ending

to my series about the

restoration of our barn. Over

two hundred friends and

family of Dearborn Hills

enjoyed a pitch-in dinner

and fried chicken. Thanks

for being so interested and

so complimentary.

Klay Shipman graduated

from East Central High

School June 2 and shortly

Airman Shipman


entered the

Air Force.

He did his


training at


Air Force

Base in San


Texas and


August 9. Attending the

graduation ceremony were

his parents Keith and

Connie Shipman, and

siblings Kyle and Carson

Shipman. Klay is the








I apologize for the lack of

article last month! August

kept me busy with overseas

traveling, back-to-school

shopping, and then back to

school, and time got away

from me!

I was incredibly excited

in late August to hear that

the building contract for the

town pool was signed! I have

no idea of the projected time

frame for completion, but I

am looking forward to summer

days biking to the pool

to cool off. Could have used

it this summer for sure with

temperatures being so consistently

hot and dry! I feel

bad for the farmers who had

that miserably wet spring,

and now we have had almost

no rain. Thankfully cooler

weather is right around the

corner, though! Only left to be

seen- if we will have a slow

transition to that cool down

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Over two hundred friends and family of Dearborn Hills

enjoyed a pitch-in dinner and fried chicken.

Lois Gellert, Helen Dunevant

and Mark Dunevant.

grandson of Lois Gellert.

What is the SNAC Program?

Shannon Zeiser, the

program Director, tells me

the name is short for Senior

Nutrition Activity Center.

It is located right here in

Logan at the North Dearborn

Village. The center is open

to anyone age sixty and

over. Hot lunches are served

for $2.50 each day Mon.-Fri.

You must call ahead to sign

up and reserve your meal.

The number is 812-432-

6200 or 1-877-234-3641.

These meals are sponsored

or if cold, cold weather will

come blazing in on the heels

of a 90 degree September.

We were excited to welcome

a foreign exchange

student into our home in late

August, and we have learned

so much about Spain since her

arrival! I didn’t realize until

now that Franklin County

regularly hosts half-a-dozen

or more students from all over

the world- Kenya, Mexico,

and Thailand. And that they

can participate in all school

activities, including sports!

Our family wasn’t planning

to host this year, but then our

student kinda fell into our lap,

and we said yes! So glad- it

has been so fun showing her

the area and upon driving into

Brookville from the airport

hearing her squeal “It looks

like a movie!” I remember

feeling the same way when

we first drove into town ten

years ago, and I still feel

crazy lucky to live in such a

fantastic town.

The annexation debate has

yet to be solved and although

it seems to have plateaued at a

steady simmer rather than the

rolling boil it was earlier in

the year.

I am looking forward to

changing leaves and front

porch mums, chili dinner and

The completed barn project

ready for a fall celebration.

by LifeTime Resources

Agency on Aging. Activities

are also included. These

vary, but may include bingo,

cards & games, music, exercise,

holiday celebrations,

health checks, and volunteer

opportunites. Come join the

fun at 25795 Unity Street in

West Harrison.

The new section of the

Feeder Dam Trail. (Photo

courtesy of WTC)

hot wassail on cool nights,

backyard fires, and cozy

sweaters! Bring on the Fall!

The Feeder Dam Trail has

been completed. The new

section is about two miles

long and it starts at U.S. 52

in Metamora. Construction

began in 2015 when Whitewater

Canal Trail, Inc. (WCT)

volunteers started cutting a

path along the canal to see

what it would take to build

these two miles of trail. The

project entailed four years of

planning, fund raising, dredging,

and construction. A wide

trail with a solid surface runs

along the canal. Phase two

of the Feeder Dam Trail will

connect to the Laurel Feeder

Dam, a distance of about two


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Nick, Terry McCabe, Laura Nagel, Sue McCabe, MacKenzie,

Anna Cassidy, Dan Miller, Joe, Tricia.


Submitted By Laura Nagel

The St. Peter’s Festival and

chicken dinner undoubtedly

holds a special place in the

hearts of many. For one Cincinnati

west side family, what

started as a friendly invitation

to new neighbors turned into a

valued family tradition that has

continued for sixty-five years

across five generations.

Meet Dan Miller and Sue

(Miller) McCabe. This year’s

dinner marked their sixty-fifth

consecutive year in attendance!

In 1954, their parents,

Joe and Grace Miller, were

new to their neighborhood.

Two welcoming neighbors,

Pete and Mary Brungel,

asked the Millers to join them

at a small Indiana church’s

chicken dinner. The Brungels

were relatives of St. Peter’s parishioners,

Nicholas and Rose

Bletl. The Millers attended

that year and unknowingly

sparked a tradition that, to this

day, their great-grandchildren

look forward to each year.

Although Joe and Grace

have passed away, the Miller

and McCabe families have

faithfully carried on the tradition

and extended the invitation

to their own friends and

families from Cincinnati,

Batesville, Bright, and Indianapolis.

Each year the group

attends the first seating and

always leaves with not only

full bellies but full hearts.

This year, some of the Miller

& McCabe families wore green

“Share your Spare” shirts. Both

Dan and Sue have been impacted

by kidney disease. Sue

received a successful kidney

transplant in 2011, and Dan has

been prayerfully waiting for a

match for the past two years.

The family asks for the prayers

and support of the St. Peter’s

parish as they hope to continue

their chicken dinner tradition

for many years to come!

If you would like to learn

more about kidney donation,

call the Donor Transplant

Coordinator at Christ Hospital:

Tricia (513-585-1440) or Jessica


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Sunman Elementary School’s Ukulele Club & Chorus performed at the fall event.







This year the weather

cooperated, and the Sunman

Fall Fest kicked off the

season with a bang! Sunman

Elementary School’s

Ukulele Club & Chorus even

performed. Fireworks capped

off the evening, and a good

time was had by all! Great

job to everyone who worked

so hard to make the event a


On Nov. 8, Sunman

Elementary School will host

a Veteran’s Day Program and

a light breakfast. All veterans

are welcome! Thank you for

your service and sacrifice!

The Sunman-Dearborn Area

Soccer Association is raising

funds for new bathroom

facilities at the soccer fields.

Thank you to everyone who

has supported the cause!

Congratulations are in

order for Keegan Gindling,

son of Matt and Jenny

The TFA G10 Elite team won the CUSA Cup Tournament.

Gindling who made the

Dean’s List at Ball State!

Keegan is a sophomore and

was recently recognized for

maintaining a 3.5 or higher

GPA. Congratulations on this

outstanding achievement,

keep up the hard work!

Congratulations to another

Sunman resident dear to my

heart. My daughter Natalie

Stenger and her TFA G10

Elite team won the CUSA

Cup Tournament in the

platinum division over Labor

Day Weekend in Beavercreek,

Ohio. The team is coached

by Nina Giaccio-Walsh,

congratulations to all for your

hard work!

Finally, congratulations to

Brandi Kraus and Brian

Beard who were married at

St. John the Baptist Church in

Keegan Gindling

Dover on Sept. 14. Wishing

them much happiness as they

embark on their new journey!

I enjoy reporting the

good news happening

around town; please keep

your stories coming!

Contact me at sunman@ I look

forward to hearing from you.

Thank you to all Veterans.

Veterans Day was first

proclaimed by U.S. President

Woodrow Wilson on Nov. 11,

1919, to mark a year since the

end of the First World War in


The McClanahan brothers

from Moores Hill were

honored at the Reds game

on Aug. 21. Mike McClanahan

served in the United

States Navy from 1964-1982

at many duty stations across

the USA. Brother, Pat Mc-

Clanahan, served in the Navy

from 1969-1971 aboard the

Kitty Hawk and the Constellation.

The ships were part of

the VAQ 133 Squadron and

transported the KA-3B planes.

The McClanahans are valued

members of two area Color

Guards and members of the

Vietnam Veterans of America

and the Moores Hill American

Legion. Mike graduated from

Moores Hill High School in

1965 and Pat in 1968. Their

dad, Harold, was a Prisoner

of War (POW) during World

War II for over two years and

served in the Army Air Corps.

Congratulations to Brittany

Dunn and Trey Perkins on

passing their EMT-B practicals.

Moores Hill Fire and EMS

teams gathered at the Veterans

Memorial at the park to pay

Moores Hill Fire and EMS

paid tribute on 9/11.

tribute to those who lost their

lives on Sept. 11. Of the 2,977

persons killed in the attacks

on September 11, 2001, 412

were first responders in New

York City, including 343 who

were firefighters. Kudos to

Trey Perkins and Moores

Hill Fire/EMS for their remembrance.

Moores Hill Community

Yard Sale was held in Sept.

Thanks to Andrea Hornberger

and the Town of Moores

Hill for their hard work. Also,

thanks for the opportunity to

clean out the closets!

The fall evenings are getting

shorter. Karen Wingate

Bolin says it is time to come

inside and get the quilting out.

She is a very accomplished

quilter. Recently Karen

auctioned one of her “little

quilts” in support of the Muscular

Dystrophy Association

Walk of Cincinnati.

A group of young children

recently toured a local orchard.

They enjoyed apple

picking, watching cider being

made, and best of all, peeling

and enjoying the apples.

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Braydon Huddleston, Lexi Brown, Gracie Brock and Serissa

Beach, all helping carry their latest donated shoes!







Manchester Elementary has

started the school year with

many fun activities. One is

the recycling project. Correna

McClure, Manchester

PTO President, shared, “The

Manchester Elementary PTO

is hosting a recycling fundraiser.

We are collecting gently

worn, used shoes, or new

shoes. Any size and any style

shoe will be an acceptable donation.

Our goal is to collect

2,500 pounds of shoes to help

earn money for our school

and help Funds2org recycle

shoes for those in need. Collected

shoes are used to support

micro-enterprise vendors.

Micro-enterprise vendors are

small businesses in developing

nations. We need your

help to reach our goal. There

is nothing to buy and nothing

to sell; simply clean out your

closets and drop your donation

off now through Oct. 31

at the school, 9387 State Rd

48. You can contact the PTO

at to

arrange a pick-up if needed.

Our students and staff thank

our community for supporting

our school!” The students are

very excited about this outreach

project and are working

hard to accomplish their goal.

Manchester Students are

also participating in a new

program called Project Lead

The Way (PLTW) and Project-Based

Learning. PLTW

Launch teaches design and

innovation by tapping into a

student’s exploratory nature,

engaging them in learning that

feels like play and encourages

them to keep discovering. The

program empowers students

to adopt a design-thinking

mind set through compelling

activities, projects, and

problems that build upon one

another and relate to realworld


PLTW combines components

of reading, math, engineering,

and computer science

by introducing students to a

problem as they read a story.


Sydney Montgomery, Kaia

Rocklin using new hands-on

project skills.

The students explore that

problem over several weeks

before designing and building

a solution. For example,

one kindergarten module

starts with the story of three

friends playing. One of them

falls from the monkey bars

and breaks an arm. Students

then learn about x-rays and

various body systems, as well

as several careers within the

medical industry. Students

learn tasks by working in

small groups to design and

build a cast from a variety of

materials (i.e., cotton balls,

plastic wrap, tongue depressors,

etc.). After completing

the project, they evaluate their

final product using a rubric to

determine if it is strong, lightweight,

and waterproof.

In addition to PLTW, classes

at Manchester Elementary

are developing community

partnerships to explore solutions

to a variety of real-world

challenges. For example, after

learning the importance of

bees, butterflies, and other

pollinators to our environment,

first-grade students will

plant a pollinator garden. Second

grade is partnering with

local food growers to learn

about a healthy diet and growing

their food. Third grade is

tracking their fitness and will

be creating a plan to help the

school community be more

physically fit. Fourth grade

is studying the life cycle of

monarch butterflies and connecting

with students in Mexico

where butterflies migrate

for the winter. Fifth and sixth

grades are developing a plan

to counteract bullying through

a community wide “Kindness


Principal Dr. Werner is

very excited about this program

and the continued evolution

of the school’s direction.

“There are a lot of great

things going on at Manchester

Elementary,” said Dr. Werner.

“We are lucky to have such

a dedicated staff and strong

support from parents and

the community.” Each grade

level has at least one community

partner in connection

with their classroom this year.

MES students and teachers

are working hard to address

the challenges in the world

around us today while being

driven to a successful future.







If you have not already visited

“The Smithsonian’s Museum

on Main Street - Crossroads”

at our library, you have

until Oct. 20 to see it! Everything

about the display is up

to Smithsonian standards. In

other words, it’s thoughtful,

educational, interactive, visually

moving. “Crossroads”

explores how rural American

communities changed in the

twentieth century.

I found this fact, from the official

press release to be quite

eye-opening: Only 3.5% of the

landmass is considered urban.

Since 1900, the percentage of

Americans living in rural areas

dropped from 60% to 17%.

The exhibition looks at that

remarkable societal change

and how rural Americans responded.

Cathy Wilkymacky,

branch manager of the library,

shared some of the backstories.

“To begin, the exhibit arrived

in sixteen crates of varying

weight from 150 lbs. to 396

lbs. It was like putting together

a jigsaw puzzle, as each kiosk

(there are 6) was assembled

from parts in several different

crates. Thankfully, the Smithsonian

provides excellent,

detailed directions! We were

fortunate that we had assistance

and direction from Carol

Harsh, Director of Museum

on Main Street Division of the

Smithsonian, four representatives

from Indiana Humanities,

and at least one person from

each of the other five locations

hosting the Crossroads exhibit

in Indiana to help us.”

Ms. Wilkymacky added,

“A training workshop for our

volunteer docents was most

interesting. The only thing I

had to go by was a manual and

a few photographs because the

exhibit had not been set-up

yet. I joked that I felt like I was

teaching brain surgery without

ever having seen a brain. Luckily,

the ten docents took a leap

of faith, taking what I shared

as gospel and coming back

once the exhibit was in place to

learn even more. Our volunteers

are an invaluable resource

in helping keep the exhibit

open to the extra visitors.”

The library recently hosted

an opening reception and

ribbon-cutting, with over

ninety people in attendance.

A variety of programs

have been offered including

a performance by acclaimed

Indiana singer-songwriter

Kevin Stonerock, presenting a

concert of original songs that

touch on small-town themes.

Photography focusing on

Dillsboro is also on display.

First place winners were

Velvet Witteride, professional

division, and Julie Oertel,

amateur division.

With the help of the Ross

Foundation, a wall of exhibit

panels focusing on Dillsboro

will be a permanent addition

to the library.

Dillsboro Arts has been one

of the most active spaces in

town with concerts on ‘The

Porch’ every weekend in Sept.

and twice in Oct. The next

gallery exhibit is: “6 degrees:

Dillsboro Connections.” part

Two” Oct 5 - Nov 30

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What a beautiful and busy

fall this has been! If you are

like most of us, it is hard to fit

it all in. From Arts & Crafts in

the park, Oxbow hikes, library

activities, movies in the park

and school sports, the city of

Lawrenceburg tends to keep

one very busy!

Arts & Crafts in the Park

(with the good fortune of

great weather) was a huge

success with record crowds

this year. Congratulations

to Phi Beta Psi Sorority for

bringing in the best quality

craft talent and food for this

show. Yum… walking tacos

and fudge…

The Dearborn County

Historical society recently

sponsored a Hoxworth Blood

Giveback Challenge. Cassius

Slayback, a youngster

who is now cancer-free from

a medulloblastoma cancerous

tumor, was the recipient of

a $100 gift card. You won’t

want to miss any number

of activities planned by the

historical society including

Pioneer Days, with a chance

to tour the historic log cabin

on the property.

Pat Krider’s retirement from

Lawrenceburg Main Street.

The Lawrenceburg Civic

Park hosted their last free

outdoor movie of the season,

“Mamma Mia,” on September

21. The timing and beautiful

summer-like weather made

the evening a perfect time to

gather my family on the lawn

to enjoy the movie.

Grandparents Day is always

a great time for grandparents

and grandchildren to

share some quality time at

Lawrenceburg Primary. As a

grandmother of a young kindergartner,

I was fortunate to

see the new Spanish program

in action. Sr. Martin had the

kids recite their colors and

number in Spanish for us. I

can tell you personally that

their Book Fair had to have

been a success that day. What

grandparent can turn down

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Mike Krieger, Desert Storm

veteran, on board the LST-

325 ship.

Cousins and Lawrenceburg

kindergarteners Elise

Bostick and Nora Fehr

enjoying a day off with

grandmas at the completion

of Grandparents Day.

their grandkids’ request for a

new book?

The timing was perfect on

the Friday morning of Football

Homecoming at Lawrenceburg

High School for me

to snap a photo of the alien

abduction of Stephen Gant

on school grounds. It turns

out that this just happened to

be the day of the “Storming

of Area 51” in Nevada. The

theme for the homecoming

events paid homage to this

insane event in Nevada. Students

were invited to dress up

as aliens. Great fun!

Speaking of perfect timing,

I ran into cousins Mike,

Harry, and Irene Krieger

(from Enochsburg and Oldenburg)

while visiting the

LST-325 (landing WW 2 ship

tank) docked in Aurora. After

the exceptional tour of this

Korben Carter and LST volunteer trying out the big guns on

the ship.

Jean Collord and Abigail

Wise at Grandparents Day.

historic ship, we drove up the

hill to Verestau to enjoy the

peace of the beautiful Ohio

River view. Thank you to all

who made this event possible!

Congratulations to the following

Lawrenceburg folks:

Pat Krider on her retirement

after ten very productive years

in service to Lawrenceburg

Main Street; Lexi Knight

(daughter of Melissa and Brian

Knight) and Lizzy Lusk

(daughter of Carmen and

Brad Lusk) for being named

student of the month for their

commitment to community and

to others; Austin Sturgeon for

beginning his pre-basic training

workouts in preparation for

Alien abduction of Stephen


Austin Sturgeon

his enlistment in the US Navy

special services unit; and Tiger

Pizazz for their wonderful

performance singing the Star

Spangled Banner at the homecoming

football game.




November 2nd and 3rd

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*Chicken Dinner is on Sunday*

Saturday- Craft Show 9am-4pm

with Sandwich & Soup Lunch


Sunday- Craft Show &

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Join Lions for Student

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For the past nine years, the

Ripley County Retired Teachers

Association (RCRTA)

has been teaming up with the

Lions’ Club to provide vision

screening for the students of

Southeastern Indiana. Today

the screening reaches over

five thousand five hundred

students in Ripley, Dearborn,

Ohio, Switzerland, Decatur,

Jefferson, Bartholomew, and

Franklin counties. The testing

is solely a volunteer project

and encompasses dozens of

members from various Lions’

Clubs and the RCRTA.

The project initially began

in the Southeast Indiana area

by Lion David Clashman.

As more schools requested

the help with the screening,

the RCRTA volunteered to

help with the program. The

Back- Shirley Pavey (Versailles), Tom Pavey (Versailles),

Andy Schwier (Milan), Jerry Smith (Milan), Joe Foster

(Batesville). Front- Judy Jordan (Milan), Janice Schwier

(Milan), Carol Rhoads (Batesville), Tina Hallas (Bright),

Shirley Bocock (Milan). (Photo courtesy of RCRTA)

program uses up to ten vision

screening machines, as well

as multiple vision stations for

the very young.

Both the Lions’ Clubs of

Southeast Indiana and the

RCRTA welcome volunteers

to work the project. Volunteers

can select the schools

that they wish to attend. Many

volunteers help make quick


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work of the screening process,

which is greatly appreciated

by the school.

If you would like to become

a part of this project, contact

Shirley Bocock, 812-654-

3770, or Andrea Westerfeld,

812-934-2284. Volunteers are

asked to take part in a short

orientation program to learn

the screening procedure.

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Time flies, and it certainly

has yet again. To say things

have been a little hectic

would be an understatement.

Many days I wish I could

have a secretary to help with

my projects.

I just returned from another

trip to Washington, DC. I left

in a bus filled with veterans

excited about seeing some

wonderful sites. Our first

stop was Shanksville, PA, to

see the Flight 93 Memorial.

As usual, it was foggy, very

windy, chilly, and misting

rain. To stand and overlook

the memorial and where

the plane crashed is very


I was accompanied by six

members of the Richard

Wayne Sanders family.

Three of them were wreath

presenters at the Tomb of the

Unknown Soldier.

We visited the Marine

Corps/Iwo Jima Memorial

and Arlington National

Cemetery, where we visited

the gravesite of Audie

Murphy. We went to the

Air Force Memorial and

overlooked the Pentagon

and saw where the plane

crashed into it on 9-11;

visited the Korean War

Memorial, Lincoln Memorial

and the Vietnam Veterans

Memorial (the WALL).

We spent some time at the

World War II Memorial and

the Washington Monument.

Next to it and across the

Tidal Basin is the Jefferson

Memorial which currently

has scaffolding all over

it while they treat some

type of fungus growing

on it. We went up to the

Capitol Building and down

Pennsylvania Avenue to the

Navy Memorial. The group

usually goes to the White

House on the Lafayette Park

side, but it is closed due to

construction. The security

fence is being raised to 15’ to

stop the kooks from climbing

the fence and acting like

fools running on the grass

to the White House. They

went on out to the Udvar-

Hazy Air & Space Museum

annex next to Dulles Airport

to see several planes. My

two favorites are the Space

Shuttle Discovery and the

Enola Gay, which dropped

the first atomic bomb in

World War II.

I had to leave the group to

go back to Cincinnati so that



House Resolution No. 82 by

the Indiana General Assembly

honored P.G. Gentrup

for assisting and recognizing

their veterans and their

families for their service.

The award was presented

by Indiana State Representative

Randy Frye.

I could be here for the LST-

325 and the Bicentennial

program in Aurora on

Sunday. I had two really nice


We had a fantastic day in

Aurora on Sept.15. I was

the emcee for the program

and had the honor of

introducing John “Popo”

Popovich to speak to the

crowd. The KWVA Color

Guard presented the colors,

and Linda Rechtin and her

School of Voice sang several

patriotic songs and Linda

sang the National Anthem.

Mark Morton played the

bagpipes and led the Color

Guard in. Paul Elliott played

Taps in honor of his late

father, Nelson Elliott, and I

believe we all felt Nelson’s

presence there with us.

I introduced Mayor

Donnie Hastings, who is

retiring after four terms as

the Mayor of Aurora. Donnie

has been a good friend

through the years and a man

you could always count on.

His mom, Charlotte, is just

an amazing woman who is

the champion and the best

cheerleader for the City of

Aurora. She has to have those

Energizer Bunny batteries

hidden away because she is

everywhere. I told the crowd

she has Angel Wings and she

is appreciated by so many.

The LST-325 Committee

worked so hard to make

this event happen, and they

are to be commended for

the countless hours and

dedication they have given to



The Patriot Guard Riders

placed approximately

seventy-five beautiful

American Flags and flags

for the five services along

the riverfront. A huge crowd

gathered for the program on

Sunday. State Representative

Randy Frye was introduced

to the crowd and really

caught me off guard when he

presented me with an award.

It was a proclamation from

the State of Indiana General

Assembly for some of the

things I have done to help

veterans. I was shocked, to

say the least. I appreciate

it and accept it in the name

of all veterans here in

Southeastern Indiana, living

or deceased.

Rep. Frye also presented a

well-deserved Circle of the

Corydon award to Mayor

Donnie Hastings. The Circle

of Corydon Award is given

to Hoosiers who have made

remarkable contributions to

the betterment of Indiana and

its people, demonstrating,

through life and service,

qualities exemplified by the

state’s greatest citizens.

I introduced the main

speaker for the day, Nick

Ullrich. Nick spoke about

how important veterans are

to the whole world and how

they have made so many

sacrifices. Nick is a combat

wounded warrior from the

Vietnam War and a Purple

Heart and Bronze Star


I told the crowd that my

buddy from Kokomo was in

attendance to listen to Nick’s

speech. Gary Minnich was

the young man who picked

me up when I flew into

Cu Chi, South Vietnam to

become a member of the

25th Infantry Division. He

noticed that my duffel bag

had Indiana on it. After we

discussed where we were

from, he told me he went

through basic training with

two guys from Aurora- Nick

Ullrich and Jeb Steele! It’s

a small world. Gary and I

have remained close friends

for over fifty years. I came

home and was discharged

on August 29, 1968. Gary

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in Vietnam. He was awarded

a Bronze Star for heroism on

Feb. 23, 1969, when the Viet

Cong breached the perimeter

at Dau Tieng, and he saved

the lives of some of his

buddies during an ambush.

Linda Rechtin led the

crowd in singing God Bless

America as a B-25 flew

over twice. I think we all

had goosebumps to see that

historic plane.

A few thousand school kids

were able to visit the LST-

325 and my grandkids, twins

Carli and Grady, toured

with their sixth-grade class

from AES. On Sunday, I took

them on again with younger

brother, Coleton, and fifteen

family members. My brother,

Cruiser, and his wife,

Rhonda, came down from

Danville, IL to see the LST

and watch the program.

My World War II buddy,

Bush White, attended the

ceremony on Sunday. He

looked sharp in his World

War II Eisenhower jacket

with his ribbons, etc. The day

before, Bush was presented

the Sagamore of the Wabash

Award at Randy Frye’s annual

picnic in Greensburg by

Governor Eric Holcomb.

Fall break for the students

is right after the Farmers Fair.

I will be going to DC and

Gettysburg with the family.

On Oct. 8 at 1:15 P.M. I

will walk on that hallowed

ground at Arlington National

Cemetery and present a

wreath at the Tomb of the

Unknown Soldier with the

twins, Carli and Grady, and

brother, Coleton. It will be

a day we will never forget.

Each of us will carry a

commemorative challenge

coin for the Tomb with us.

The dedication of the

Greendale Veterans Memorial

is planned for Nov. 10 at 1

P.M. A meal will be served at

the adult center at 3:00 P.M.

and we will present Quilts

of Valor to the World War

II Veterans from Dearborn

County. A display of

memorabilia will be set up at

the Lawrenceburg American

Legion that same afternoon.

This will be an excellent

opportunity for you to bring

the kids and grandkids to

meet some great veterans.

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day.

Be sure to attend one or

several of the programs in

our area.

May God Bless all of you

and keep you healthy and


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Adults: $12, Children 12 & under $6

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The 2019 Fall Property Tax installment is due Tuesday,

November 12 th, all statements were included with the

billing that was mailed to property owners in March of this

year. We invite you to visit the county’s website at www. for property tax information as well as

useful information about other county departments. You

may pay your property tax in one of the following ways:

‣ In person at the Treasurer’s Office Monday –

Friday from 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. Please note our

office will be closed Tuesday November 5 th , for

Election Day and Monday November 11 th for

Veterans Day.

‣ By mail postmarked by November 12th to

Dearborn Co. Treasurer, 165 Mary Street.,

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025. Enclose a selfaddressed

stamped envelope if you would like

your receipt returned.

‣ After office hours by using our drop-box outside

the Main Entrance of the Dearborn County

Government Center by November 12 th . (Location

to the right as you come up the stairs). Please

enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you

would like your receipt returned.

By credit card by visiting our website at www. Under the Government tab, select

County Offices, then Treasurer, under ”Topics of Interest”

select “Property Tax Payment Options”.

If you have any questions, please contact our office

by calling 812-537-8811, FAX 812-532-3243 or email: as soon as possible

to allow time to resolve any issues there may be.

Thank you!

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Hi Neighbors!!

With summer almost over,

the opportunity arose for

some neighbors to take a tour

arranged by the adult center.

Fifty-four friends from Aurora,

Lawrenceburg, Hanover,

Milan and Dillsboro boarded

a coach bus for Michigan.

Some of the travelers also

came from Kentucky and

Ohio. Over the five-day trip,

it became quite apparent that

this group would be close


Jannelle Denny kept everyone

on the trip informed

of the itinerary as the coach

bus headed for Mackinaw

City. Traveling by coach was

bearable thanks to being able

to see many interesting sights

along the way. Anticipation

of what was coming up, rest

stops, movies on the coach,

lunch, and dinner all made the

trip pleasant.

The tour guides in the cities

that we visited made all the

difference in what we saw and

did. The tour included travelling

by ferry to Mackinaw

The tour boat as it travels through the locks.

Island to see the Grand Hotel.

The hotel boasts the world’s

longest porch and a dining

room that seats over one

thousand. We took a carriage

ride around the island, and

shopped (naturally!). One very

interesting fact about Macinac

Island is that no vehicles are

allowed on the island. Everything

moves using horses.

Dear reader, you can imagine

the importance of “scoopers”

doing a fabulous job to keep

the streets suitable for walking!

The day was well-spent.

The next day the group travelled

to Sault Ste. Marie at the

very top of the lower peninsula

of Michigan. The “SOO”

as the city is called is the

location of the earliest constructed

locks in the United

States. The commerce of the

Great Lakes region of the US

as well as the success of the

city depended upon the locks.

The group boarded a tour boat

to experience going through

the locks. We found ourselves

beside a huge ocean-going

vessel as we were preparing to

enter the locks. Many of the

members on the tour had seen

large vessels, but this one surprised

us all with its size!

The water rises in the lock

to take the tour boat from

Lake Huron to Lake Superior.

These locks are necessary to

move vessels over or past rapids

located in the St.Mary’s

river between the two lakes.

Filling a lock occurs quite

The tour boat with our neighbors on board.

quickly, and all aboard were

eager to see the gate open in

the distance.

The Army Corps of Engineers

constructed all the

locks, maintains them, and is

responsible for all that occurs

at the locks. Touring the locks

took all day.

Another interesting activity

planned on the trip was a visit

to an ice-breaker ship. It was

used to keep the river open in

the winter by breaking up ice

which miraculously appears

each winter. The ship’s engine

room contained six very large

turbine engines!

That evening, the group returned

to St. Ignace, MI very

tired and very happy.

Departing for home early

the next day, we were all

surprised by the coach driver.

He took a side trip to Frankenmuth,

MI so that we

could enjoy a spectacular

lunch. Frankenmuth features

Bavarian-style architecture.

The beauty that can be seen

in many buildings cannot be

found elsewhere in the United

States. What a treat!

After all of the excitement,

many of us took naps for the

rest of the trip home.

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ever wondered… are there

any drivers who know how to

make left turns into streets at

intersections without doing so

by making a rounding maneuver,

not a 90 degree turn??

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Lloyd Darringer, Amelia Hartman, Madison Shumate, Tommy Smith, Lydia Kidd, Erica

Kathman, and Zoey Iker. Back row: Justin Harper, Nick Steele, Bradley Kolb, Troy Shumate,

Sam Littiken, Jacob Kuhn, Evan Kuhn, Heath Doll, Jared Callahan, Austin Gray,

Travis Foote, and Brady Hornberger.

EC FFA Compete in Livestock Skillathon

Members from the East

Central FFA Chapter recently

attended the District

XII Kickoff at South Ripley

High School. Two chapter

officers fulfilled their duties

as district officers and

helped host the kickoff.

They all had the chance to

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EC FFA members also

competed in the Area 1

Livestock Skillathon CDE at

South Ripley High School.

Members identified several

different types of breeds,

livestock equipment, feeds,

and meats. They also answered

questions about the

industry and quality assurance.

Seventeen members

competed. The senior team

of Madison Shumate, Maddie

Dawson, Heath Doll,

and Amelia Hartman placed

third and will be moving

on to the state contest. The

senior team of Bradley Kolb,

Lydia Kidd, Evan Kuhn, and

Adrien King placed fifth.

The senior team of Madison

McAdams, Jacob Kuhn, and

Rachel Kraus placed sixth.

Joseph Miller competed as

an individual in the senior

division. The junior team

of Lloyd Darringer, Isaac

Hartman, John Kathman,

and Gavin Klingman placed

third. Troy Randolph also

competed as an individual in

the junior division. The top

placing individual from East

Central was Maddie Dawson,

placing fourth overall in

the senior division. Congrats

to all members that competed!




November 2019





Almost all the homes on our


street place season-specific


decorations on Klump the lamp posts

beside driveways. As I drove

home from church Community yesterday,


one of my neighbors was

placing her scarecrow, fall

leaf garlands, and other decor

on her post. Within the next

seven to ten days, many of us

will join her in preparation

for autumn with its warm

(not hot and humid days),

blue skies with puffy white

clouds and all the preparations

for the fall season. I haven’t

made this cobbler in some

time but will plan to do so for

the upcoming block party. It

celebrates favorite fall foods.

However, I will not add the

chopped walnuts in deference

to those who prefer the fruit

only version.

Cranberry Apple Cobbler

4 cups fresh cranberries,

washed and stemmed

6 tart apples, peeled and

thinly sliced.

2 cups light brown sugar,


1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup chopped walnuts


1 tablespoon flour

¼ cup butter, cut into pieces

Mix the above ingredients

through the flour in a 3-quart

baking dish and dot with


2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

8 tablespoons shortening (or

you may use cold butter)

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups sour cream

Combine the flour, baking

powder, sugar and salt in a

bowl. Blend in the sour cream

until all dry ingredients are

moistened and incorporated.

With fork or pastry blender,

cut in the shortening and

blend until medium crumb

consistency. Drop by spoonful

onto the fruit mixture.

Sprinkle with additional 1

tablespoon of sugar and bake

for 40-45 minutes at 400° or

until the top is golden brown.

Serves 6-8.

As I pulled the cobbler

recipe out of the box, I looked

for another recipe to add

to the column. This recipe

for biscuits is one that we

enjoy when I want a quick

homemade bread for a meal.

The biscuits are light and

airy and do not require the

rolling and cutting for classic

biscuits. See what you think

about the mystery ingredient

for these delicious treats that

work for bread or shortcake.

Mystery Biscuits

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup mayonnaise

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon sugar

Combine flour, baking

powder, sugar and salt in

a bowl. Add remaining

ingredients and mix just

until smooth. Drop by

tablespoonfuls onto a greased

baking sheet or place into

12 greased muffin cups for a

more formed biscuit. Bake for

18-20 minutes at 375°.

See you next month!

Mark an LeAnn Boggs, Carlee Boggs, Heather Race, Judy

and John Race, Claire Boggs.

50th Anniversary Celebration

St Paul Lutheran Church in Bear Branch, IN was filled with

family, friendship, stories, and memories on a beautiful Sunday

afternoon. Friends and family of John and Judy Race gathered

to celebrate the couple’s fiftieth anniversary.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Race. And here’s to another

wonderful fifty years filled with love and laughter!











Preparing Your

Lawn and Garden

For a Bountiful 2020

As the leaves change and

temperatures inch closer and

closer to freezing, it’s time

to begin thinking about what

your lawn and garden will

look like in 2020! While there

are options for extending your

growing season this year, in

today’s article, I will discuss

what you should be prepping

for in 2020.

Planning Season!

The bare trees and dim skies

of winter are certainly not

the gardener’s greatest joy.

However, these visual cues

should serve as a reminder of

great things to come! As our

lawn and garden maintenance

needs decline into winter, it’s

time to begin planning. The

plan should include mapping

projects, purchasing tools,

and other supplies. Removing

unwanted brush and other

yard debris, and attending

learning events (such as

Master Gardener or Garden

Club meetings) should also be


I certainly don’t assume

those reading are all type-A

personalities, so I encourage

you to plan however you

see fit! If that means a dozen

sticky note reminders stuck

to the fridge waiting for your

attention, then so be it! No

two gardeners work the same.

I only ask that you remember,

planning season is just as important

as planting season!

Consider Seed Storage

Seed storage is a task that

can be addressed practically

year-round. While I won’t

dive into the complexities of

specialty varieties or GMO

vs. Non-GMO seed, I will

give you a few pieces of advice

for seed storage.

To start, don’t be too hard

on yourself if you’ve tried

previously and didn’t perform

to your expectations. According

to Purdue Extension

Horticulture Specialist, Rosie

Lerner, seeds of some plants,

such as corn, parsley, onion,

viola (pansies), verbena,

phlox, and salvia, are not very

long-lived, lasting only 1 or 2

years at best. Other seeds, including

beans, carrots lettuce,

peas, radishes, snapdragon,

cosmos, sweet William and

zinnia will remain viable (capable

of germinating) for 3-5

years. So be mindful of what

seed you store!

Tools & Equipment

Overlooking the condition

of your tools and equipment

can be one of the most critical

lawn and garden mistakes.

Dull blades on a mower or

a busted shovel are a pain

to deal with, especially if

you are in the middle of an

important project. Addressing

these issues during the slower

months of late fall and winter

will better prepare you for the

year ahead.

In place of summertime activities,

consider making tool

inventory and maintenance a

weekly task. This project may

be a bit daunting, as tasks

can pile up quickly. Consider

making a to-do list and

include your top needs first.

Top tool and equipment tasks

to consider include sharpening

blades, repairing minor

damages, securing leftover

garden chemicals, and replacing


Preparing for lawn and

garden tasks can be as intensive

as you make it. I will

share that the most successful

gardeners I know are generally

very detailed and much

busier in late fall and winter

than you might expect. Spend

some time indoors reading

and brainstorming what your

lawn and garden might look

like next year. While Mother

Nature will bring us chills,

ice, and snow in the weeks to

come, there’s no excuse for us

to lose our green thumb!

To learn more about managing

your lawn and garden from

our experts on campus, please

search “Purdue Consumer

Horticulture” on your home

computer or smartphone.

For additional information

about other agriculture and

natural resources topics, feel

free to email me at hawley4@ You can also reach

my office at 812-926-1189. We

are located at 229 Main Street,

Aurora, IN 47001.

Look for my next article in

the December issue of The


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Jim and Melody Bohrer, Larry and and Sandy Hoff , Tom and Joan Peters, residents of Yorkville

visited the Jordan River at the Israeli/Jordan border as part of the All Saints Parish pilgrimage to

the holy land.

The Gentrups traveled to Florida for the USSSA National

Fast Pitch 10U Softball tournament. Front: Coleton Pettit,

Carli Walter, Grady Walter. Back: Kelli Gentrup-Pettit, Paula

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Celebrate Lawrenceburg’s Whiskey Heritage!

Saturday – November 2, 2019

Lawrenceburg Event Center

Traditionally known as “Whiskey City” – Lawrenceburg is hosting the 6th-Annual Whiskey City Festival this fall at the Lawrenceburg Event

Center, 91 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025. The event will showcase the city’s ties to the distilling industry and offer a full slate of

whiskey-related activities, including tastings by select distillers, craft breweries, local wineries, educational displays, live music, food and more.

VIP - 6:00-10:00pm

- $50 in advance online

- $60 at door

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- $30 in advance online

- $40 at the door

- 8 tastings, food for purchase

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Designated Driver tickets

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